So, How many of you out there knows about the Antikythera mechanism? Well Plainly put… it is a clock like machine that was made 2000 years ago. It has cog wheels and gears and resembles an 18th century clock! So who needed a clock at this time in the Island by this name in ancient Greece?
Recent studies say that this is the first known calculator or analog computer used to calculate the exact positions of the astronomical bodies. It has been dated around 150-100 BC whew!
However, the most recent findings of The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project, as published in the July 30, 2008, edition of Nature also suggest that the concept for the mechanism originated in the colonies of Corinth, which might imply a connection with Archimedes.The circumstances under which it came to be on the cargo ship are unknown. Consensus among scholars is that the mechanism itself was made in the Greek speaking world. All the instructions of the mechanism are written in Greek.
The device is remarkable for the level of miniaturization and for the complexity of its parts, which is comparable to that of 18th century clocks. It has over 30 gears, although Michael Wright (see below) has suggested as many as 72 gears, with teeth formed through equilateral triangles. When a date was entered via a crank (now lost), the mechanism calculated the position of the Sun, Moon, or other astronomical information such as the location of other planets.
This device is now safely housed in the Bronze Collection of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, accompanied by a reconstruction made and offered to the museum by Derek de Solla Price. Other reconstructions are on display at the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in New York and in Kassel, Germany.
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