November 29, 2006
Researchers have started to make progress in reverse-engineering the so-called Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek "computer" from 150 BC:
They said their findings showed that the inscriptions related to lunar-solar motions and the gears were a mechanical representation of the irregularities of the Moon’s orbital course across the sky, as theorized by the astronomer Hipparchos.
Historians of technology think the instrument is technically more complex than any known device for at least a millennium afterward.
> Nature, Decoding the ancient Greek astronomical calculator known as the Antikythera Mechanism
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