The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

Submitted by: Squrlz4Sale 4 years ago Science
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It"s not often that a documentary will cause my jaw to drop. This one, on the Antikythera mechanism, did exactly that.
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Male 23
The Dwemer from Skyrim. Where do you think they got the idea?
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Male 7,123
Thanks for this. Fascinating, we`re clever buggers aren`t we?
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Male 14,773
So that`s not Archimedes` original, but a copy. They need a higher resolution X-ray. In a dark corner they`ll find the words MADE IN CHINA.
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Male 36,400
@carmium: lolz! True that!

THINK of how it was made: not by "trial and error" since the parts are outrageously expensive & hard to make: they had a plan!
And if ONE cog is off by ONE tooth? The whole device fails!
It`s likely they built a "simple" one, then kept adding features as each model progressed, arriving at the Antikythera over time.

It`s still freaking amazing! Hooray for the Human Race!
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Female 6,381
TheGuySmiley:
Way to focus on the least important detail, there, Guy.
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Male 1,950
I saw the writing on the gears which also indicate that Archimetes himself invented Google.

"Beware of what you read on the internet - it`s not all true." -Abraham Lincoln
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Male 1,243
I watched it all, and i have issues with them saying that it was a storm that caused the ship to sink. It could have also been sabotage that brought the ship down. or the items could have been thrown overboard for a reason.. we just don`t know.
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Male 5,006
The word "computer" come from the latin word "computare" that mean calculate.
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Male 36,400
@Dead-Kittens: Any calculation device, electrical OR mechanical, is a computer.
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Male 36,400
Saw this on TV, it`s a terrific study of a REALLY COOL thing!
Well worth an hour of your time :-)
iirc: one of the cogs inside is even older than the rest! That`s even more amazing to me.

@AngelmassB: Nice link! Interesting video.

@liabach: Archimedes = Win! Smartest human who ever lived! (I`m #2 of course...)
Those devices you mentioned are covered in the TV series Ancient Discoveries
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Male 702
Also, great watch. Thanks very much for sharing :D
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Male 702
@dead-kittens; What do you think a calculator is?
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Male 1,252
Good watch.. was a little skeptical when they started referring to it as a "machine that can tell the future" ..and `computer` might be a strong word... I think calculator would be a little more apt.
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Male 6,227
@MacGuffin: Thanks; I`m glad you liked it. I envy you your BBC!

For those trying to decide whether this is worth an hour: It`s about a mechanical computer built in ancient Greece. New techniques for revealing interior and surface details have recently been applied, with the result that we now know the machine to have been more impressive than we thought even just ten years ago. This 2012 documentary does a great job of explaining the genius of the Antikythera mechanism`s design--and the brilliance of the many minds who have labored to figure out what it is and how it works.

If you are interested in astronomy, the ancient Greeks, the history of technology, or archaeology, you`ll probably enjoy this.

Hope that helps! =^.^=
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Male 540
So very much amazing in one place.
More of this!
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Male 3,231
although i think that guy made the gears out of wood. But it wouldnt be that great of a leap for that society to convert the gears to bronze, just look at the statues
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Male 3,231
maybe, there was some stories about a greek that built mechanical calculating machines and "robotic puppets based on a series of ropes, gears and pullies. Kindof like the first computer punchcards. Anyone remember who that was?
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Male 3,231
Archimedes
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Male 2,514
Old news. But better than most of the latest updates.
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Male 2,586
Well worth watching!
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Male 5,006
Who have posted the video "propaganda"? I`ve watched it too and i think is really interesting and can create a lot of discussion here. I just hope that it will posted on front page.
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Male 3,081
I too watched this in live submission and was hoping it`d get approved because it`s really interesting - not just the device itself but also the science of how they worked out what it was.

That retired engineer guy who made the replica was really cool...
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Female 2,602

Good choice, sqrlz. I missed this when it was on first time around, and just spent a nice hour catching up. It`s amazing how much knowledge humans have amassed and forgotten over the course of our history.
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Male 37,888

Do I need to say it?

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Male 15,510
Here you can see a 3D animation showing the workings of this fine piece of engineering
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Male 5,006
swoop408 i`ve watched it when was a live submission, i assure you that is really interesting. Good post.
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Male 1,754
60 minutes long? Gotta watch this when I have time. Seems incredibly interesting though. Good find.
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Male 6,227
Link: The 2,000-Year-Old Computer [Rate Link] - It`s not often that a documentary will cause my jaw to drop. This one, on the Antikythera mechanism, did exactly that.
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