Thursday, November 30, 2006

New and amazing findings about Antikythera Computer!

Early Astronomical 'Computer' Found to Be Technically Complex

"The instrument, the Antikythera Mechanism, sometimes called the world's first computer, has now been examined with the latest in high-resolution imaging systems and three-dimensional X-ray tomography...their findings showed that the inscriptions related to lunar-solar motions, and the gears were a representation of the irregularities of the Moon's orbital course, as theorized by the astronomer Hipparchos. They established the date of the mechanism at 150-100 B.C. The Roman ship carrying the artifacts sank off the island of Antikythera about 65 B.C...The researchers said that Hipparchos...might have had a hand in designing the device..."

UPDATE:Great pics!

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