Mystery of the Ancient Astronomy Computer

By | June 8, 2006

Mystery of the Ancient Astronomy Computer

More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera.

It astonished the whole international community of experts on the ancient world. … For decades, scientific investigation failed to yield much light and relied more on imagination than the facts.

However research over the last half century has begun to reveal its secrets. It dates from around the 1st century B.C. and is the most sophisticated mechanism known from the ancient world. Nothing as complex is known for the next thousand years.

The Antikythera Mechanism is now understood to be dedicated to astronomical phenomena and operates as a complex mechanical “computer” which tracks the cycles of the Solar System. –

“The researchers say the device indicates a technical sophistication that would not be replicated for millennia and may also be based on principles of a heliocentric, or sun-centred, universe – a view of the cosmos that was not accepted by astronomers until the Renaissance. ” – scotsman

Recent developments here. Also see: this, this, and this.

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