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The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

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The 2,000-Year-Old Computer. 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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gHousewater
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 23 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 1:50:59 PM
The Dwemer from Skyrim. Where do you think they got the idea?

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3698 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 11:29:58 AM
Thanks for this. Fascinating, we're clever buggers aren`t we?

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 10221 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 7:22:41 AM
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.

5Cats
Male, 50-59, Canada
 21849 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 4:22:49 AM
@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!

carmium
Female, 50-59, Canada
 5629 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 11:37:02 PM
TheGuySmiley:
Way to focus on the least important detail, there, Guy.

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