Thursday, July 31, 2008

Workings of Ancient ‘Computer’ Deciphered -

Workings of Ancient ‘Computer’ Deciphered -
"After a closer examination of the Antikythera Mechanism, a surviving marvel of ancient Greek technology, scientists have found that the device not only predicted solar eclipses but also organized the calendar in the four-year cycles of the Olympiad, forerunner of the modern Olympic Games.

The new findings, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, also suggested that the mechanism’s concept originated in the colonies of Corinth, possibly Syracuse, in Sicily. The scientists said this implied a likely connection with the great Archimedes. ..."
This device is quite sophisticated for its time, which suggests that earlier versions must have been made, yet thus far this is the only one found.

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