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Decoding the ancient Greek astronomical calculator
The Antikythera Mechanism shows great economy and ingenuity of design. It stands as a witness to the extraordinary technological potential of Ancient Greece, apparently lost within the Roman Empire.
Originally posted by Kandinsky
There's an illogical notion that I've held for years now. It's that most generations produce a freak genius that helps to propel our knowledge even further. The person that conceived and/or designed this timepiece was one of them.
Originally posted by impaired
Here's the question of the day:
If the Antikythera mechanism was used to calculate the positions of the Sun, moon and stars, why would a machine be made over 2,000 years ago to do this? Why was the cosmos so important to them?
Unless there was higher technology back then that we're unaware of, I would think that a machine was a big deal back then. That's all I'm saying...