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What is the Antikythera mechanism ?

Posted on Thursday, 10 May, 2007 | Comment icon 4 comments


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"In October, 2005, a truck pulled up outside the National Archeological Museum in Athens, and workers began unloading an eight-ton X-ray machine that its designer, X-Tek Systems of Great Britain, had dubbed the Bladerunner."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Aaron Whisman on 10 May, 2007, 12:12
Nice. I hate saying the word "Antikythera". It doesn't wanna come out right half the time..haha.
Comment icon #2 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 10 May, 2007, 12:58
Nice. I hate saying the word "Antikythera". It doesn't wanna come out right half the time..haha. I just associate the syllabols with words I know. So it would be antique-e-terror. LOL!
Comment icon #3 Posted by contactismade on 10 May, 2007, 13:15
But it is an interesting artifact none the less. Where did it come from who made it? were there others like it? or other examples of the same technology level? Its not a new thing its been around for a while, how come we still don't know much about it?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Lt_Ripley on 10 May, 2007, 16:05
Ancient Moon 'computer' revisited By Jonathan Fildes Science and technology reporter, BBC News The delicate workings at the heart of a 2,000-year-old analogue computer have been revealed by scientists. The Antikythera Mechanism, discovered more than 100 years ago in a Roman shipwreck, was used by ancient Greeks to display astronomical cycles. Using advanced imaging techniques, an Anglo-Greek team probed the remaining fragments of the complex geared device. The results, published in the journal Nature, show it could have been used to predict solar and lunar eclipses. The elaborate arrangement o... [More]


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