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The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

Hits: 12362 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Science | Added by: Squrlz4Sale
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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?

Male, 60-69, Europe
 5706 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 11:29:59 AM
Thanks for this. Fascinating, we're clever buggers aren't we?

Male, 40-49, Asia
 13925 Posts
Monday, July 16, 2012 7:22:42 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.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29161 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!

Female, 50-59, Canada
 6406 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 11:37:03 PM
Way to focus on the least important detail, there, Guy.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1963 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 10:50:27 PM
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

Male, 18-29, Canada
 1222 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:54:08 PM
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.

Male, 30-39, Europe
 4057 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:20:46 PM
The word "computer" come from the latin word "computare" that mean calculate.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29161 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:07:30 PM
@Dead-Kittens: Any calculation device, electrical OR mechanical, is a computer.

Male, 50-59, Canada
 29161 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 7:04:35 PM
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

Male, 18-29, Australia
 702 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 6:44:49 PM
Also, great watch. Thanks very much for sharing :D

Male, 18-29, Australia
 702 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 6:43:54 PM
@dead-kittens; What do you think a calculator is?

Male, 30-39, Canada
 1036 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:39:11 PM
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.

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 6018 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 5:38:32 PM
@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! =^.^=

Male, 18-29, Europe
 541 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:51:04 PM
So very much amazing in one place.
More of this!

Male, 40-49, Western US
 3227 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:34:49 PM
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

Male, 40-49, Western US
 3227 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:31:33 PM
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?

Male, 40-49, Western US
 3227 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:14:25 PM

Male, 30-39, Southern US
 2513 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 3:34:19 PM
Old news. But better than most of the latest updates.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 2605 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:34:05 PM
Well worth watching!

Male, 30-39, Europe
 4057 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:29:39 PM
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.

Male, 40-49, Europe
 3027 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 2:10:07 PM
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...

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2302 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:49:35 PM
After the machine was created it was used to build a social network. Then civilization collapsed. It had too many friends and likes. They inadvertently liked a large wooden horse.

Female, 30-39, Europe
 2596 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:28:32 PM

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.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34637 Posts
Sunday, July 15, 2012 1:09:50 PM

Do I need to say it?

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