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Antikythera Mechanism 
31st-Jul-2008 11:51 am
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Ancient Olympic 'Computer' Calculated Dates Of Games

Posted by Cora Nucci, Jul 31, 2008 10:00 AM


Researchers announced Wednesday that a geared device dating to the second century BC was used to calculate the dates for the first Olympic games.

It has long been known that the Antikythera Mechanism -- recovered in 1900 or 1901 from a shipwreck off the Greek coast -- was able to calculate and display celestial information, including cycles and phases of the moon sun.

Now, newly deciphered inscriptions on the device referencing the Olympics, and a dial designed to calculate the four-year Olympiad Cycle, reveal more about the device and how it was used by the Greeks. [...]

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Now we know!!!

The complex mechanical computer dating to first century B.C was a perpetual calendar!
Comments 
31st-Jul-2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
Cool. It is interesting how detailed the clockwork mechanism was in that very pre-industrial era.
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