Sunday, January 10, 2010

Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism


Over at the Scientific American
website, I found these two videos about the decoding of the Antikythera Mechanism.

This amazing piece of technology was discovered at the turn of the last century in a shipwreck in the Greek isles.

An astronomical calendar, Olympic calendar, eclipse calculator and on and on.

As the videos discuss, there is some indication that this device may be a result of the workshop tradition in Syracuse extending from the time of Archimedes.

Videos from Nature:

1 comment:

  1. Saw the Antikythera Mechanism discussed on one of the educational channels. Fascinating! I wonder what other wonders are yet to be rediscovered.


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