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Eldorado

Antikythera mechanism finally sussed?

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Myles
3 hours ago, Eldorado said:

From the moment it was discovered more than a century ago, scholars have puzzled over the Antikythera mechanism, a remarkable and baffling astronomical calculator that survives from the ancient world.

The hand-powered, 2,000-year-old device displayed the motion of the universe, predicting the movement of the five known planets, the phases of the moon and the solar and lunar eclipses. But quite how it achieved such impressive feats has proved fiendishly hard to untangle.

Now researchers at UCL believe they have solved the mystery – at least in part – and have set about reconstructing the device, gearwheels and all, to test whether their proposal works. If they can build a replica with modern machinery, they aim to do the same with techniques from antiquity.

Full monty at the Guardian: Link

I'm a bit surprised that it hadn't been replicated before.   

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Hyperionxvii

Sorry, I didn't mean to double post this topic, I just did not see it even though I looked. 

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Harte

Hard to replicate it. Parts are missing and they have to go off x-rays of the interior.

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MissJatti

Is it an ancient computer or an ancient clock mechanism thingy 

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Harte

More like a clock that was never meant to run.

Like if you wanted to know the time, you set your clock to the correct time then stand back and say "So that's what time it is."

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NCC1701

Probably it is just the lock mechanism of an old ships safe, tossed overboard an landed on top of that antique shipwreck.

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Abramelin
10 hours ago, NCC1701 said:

Probably it is just the lock mechanism of an old ships safe, tossed overboard an landed on top of that antique shipwreck.

Maybe you should google "Heron of Alexandria" to find out what people invented some 2000 years ago.

And all that without the help of any 'aliens'...

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Hyperionxvii

Never really researched it much myself, but I seem to remember discussion about it being some sort of navigation instrument. 

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jethrofloyd

A secret navigation instrument from the Atlantis? B)

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Hyperionxvii
7 minutes ago, jethrofloyd said:

A secret navigation instrument from the Atlantis? B)

Probably, although not sure why they'd need it since the aliens were obviously providing navigation for them. 

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keithisco
On 3/12/2021 at 2:08 PM, Myles said:

I'm a bit surprised that it hadn't been replicated before.   

It has

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Cookie Monster
10 hours ago, Abramelin said:

Maybe you should google "Heron of Alexandria" to find out what people invented some 2000 years ago.

And all that without the help of any 'aliens'...

They had railways and steam engines.

Unfortunately they never build a steam engine powerful enough to pull anything so used horse drawn carts on the rails.

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Abramelin
8 minutes ago, Cookie Monster said:

They had railways and steam engines.

Unfortunately they never build a steam engine powerful enough to pull anything so used horse drawn carts on the rails.

But whatever 'miracles' they did accomplish is usually attributed to the intervention of 'aliens' by those who are convinced they do not need to think twice.

There is a thread about Roman stone saws. Just an example.

 

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Ted E Hughes
On 3/12/2021 at 2:08 PM, Myles said:

I'm a bit surprised that it hadn't been replicated before.   

It has, several times. I had to double-check the date of this story, it is run every 10 years or so.

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acute

What's the point in replicating it?

You wouldn't be able to get the right batteries for it these days. :yes:

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