The Antikythera – Update on the 2000 Year Old Greek Clockwork Computer

Gene Kupfer December 5, 2014 Comments Off on The Antikythera – Update on the 2000 Year Old Greek Clockwork Computer
The Antikythera – Update on the 2000 Year Old Greek Clockwork Computer

Six years ago, in fact almost exactly to the date, Ed posted about a discovery of The Antikythera. Believed to be an ancient astronomical calculator used to predict lunar and solar eclipses as well as planetary positions.

Recently new findings have been made and the device has been dated even further back then the original estimate of 87 B.C, all the way to between 150 and 100 B.C. Scientists have also concluded that the connection of the device to Archimedes is even less likely. Scientists have attempted to examine the original site of the shipwreck where the mechanism was found, but had to cancel early due to bad weather. They plan to make another attempt next spring.

It never ceases to amaze how brilliant people were so many centuries ago. I for one can’t wait to find out if other interesting discoveries are made at that site. Who knows, maybe they had WiFi too!

On the Trail of an Ancient Mystery via The New York Times

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