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07/31/2008 08:56 PM ID: 72413 Permalink   

Ancient Greeks Probably Used Computer To Set Olympics Dates

 

The Antikythera Mechanism, a mechanical brass calculator used to predict eclipses of the sun and moon was also probably used to set dates for the Olympic games. The device was taken from a shipwreck in 1901, near an island of its namesake.

Researchers, who've studied the intricate gears, dials and inscriptions used 3-D & X-Ray technology to decipher the clues, leading the researchers to believe that the device played a significant role in calculating dates for the games' 4 year cycle.

The complex device dates to 200 BC and was originally thought to have originated in the eastern Mediterranean. However, the names inscribed on the device pointed the origin of the device to Corinth.

 
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Computer lol.
More like machine. It doesn't compute.

Nice find!! Does it still work? I couldn't find it in the source.
 
  by: Vhan     07/31/2008 09:58 PM     
  Could it  
 
run Linux??
 
  by: ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh   07/31/2008 10:15 PM     
  It computed. It was like an adjustable clock.  
 
It is a rusted device, man- it spent around 2,000 years buried in mud in the Med. It worked. It beats the hell out of Babbage's Difference Engine.

Go look it up on Wikipedia, or something... I know there is an entry for it there.
 
  by: theironboard     07/31/2008 10:16 PM     
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"The new findings, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, also suggested that the mechanism’s concept originated in the colonies of Corinth, possibly Syracuse, on Sicily. The scientists said this implied a likely connection with Archimedes." Or Hipparchus.
 
  by: Fonzo   07/31/2008 11:04 PM     
  Another picture link  
   
  by: JonSmith     07/31/2008 11:22 PM     
  There is a modern version  
 
of this albeit a little more simplified and made of paper that calculates the day and date in any time zone. I think they give them away sometimes in show bags( county fair sample bags) etc as a toy sometimes too. I think that it is the same thing. There are some that calculate tides and even when the chickens should hatch I think.
It is usually a larger circle with numbers on it and a smaller circle with numbers on it that you can turn and calculate what ever.
 
  by: sleeky     08/01/2008 07:22 PM     
 
 
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