Communion Of Dreams

Given your choices . . .
August 23, 2009, 7:58 pm
Filed under: Art, Astronomy, MetaFilter, Science, Steampunk, tech

. . . you could certainly do worse than a clockpunk mechanism such as the Antikythera calculator, if you were a time-traveler who was stranded in ancient Greece. Here’s a delightful new animation of how the calculator worked:

The inner workings of the Antikythera mechanism

An animation produced by Mogi Vicentini shows how the world’s oldest computer helped the Ancient Greeks simulate planetary motions and predict lunar eclipses.

Damned impressive. The level of complexity is remarkable, and once again is a reminder that the skill of those who came before us is all too often grossly unappreciated.

Jim Downey

Via MeFi.

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