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Posted by on Oct 5, 2012 in Science |

Archaeologists Antikythera again to decipher the mystery of the first analog computer

Archaeologists Antikythera again to decipher the mystery of the first analog computer

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The is an amazing and complex system with 32 gears and saucers, which is designed to track the movement of celestial bodies and is able to predict with surprising accuracy the solar and lunar eclipses. It is believed that the mechanism 87 to be constructed. C. and was discovered in 1900 in the wreck of a Roman ship near the Greek island of Antikythera.

The technology to build the Antikythera mechanism recently became known in the West during the fourteenth century, when the first astronomical clocks began to be built in Europe. Because of this, some say that the mechanism is the first analog computer .

The about who, how, when, and how they built the mechanism remains to this day, so a group of archaeologists returned this week to the island of Antikythera in the Ionian Sea where not rule find new objects to better understand one of the most amazing and mysterious machines in history.

“These have been trade routes since ancient times, and have never explored the seabed in these zones. It’s uncharted territory, “said Angeliki simosi, the Director of the Agency for Underwater Archaeology Greek .

The operation is funded jointly by the Greek government and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and will last until October 22. Simosi is optimistic: “I think we will find more things equivalents Antikythera mechanism”

Link: Archaeologists return to ancient Greek ‘computer’ wreck site: official (Phys.org)

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