March 19, 2014
The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest known scientific computer, built in Greece at around 100 BCE.
Lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. But not until a century later was its purpose understood: it was an astronomical clock that determined the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision.
In 2010, we built a fully-functional replica out of Lego.
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Antikythera Mechanism Research Project http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr