So with not enough to do in my crazy busy life, I’ve just signed up for the A to Z Challenge. Starting April 1st, for 26 days, I’ll write a post for each letter of the alphabet. Participants have Sunday’s off, but my Sunday’s will be devoted to the Sneak Peek. I’m joining nearly 2000 other bloggers and authors. The A to Z Challenge – participating blogs
Today’s Calliope’s Writing Tablet post is brought to you by the letter A — A for Antikythera Mechanism.
When a group of Greek sponge divers found an ancient wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900, they came upon a lump of corroded bronze that astonished experts in the field of ancient studies. Under that corrosion lay an analog computer more than 2000 years old. Named for the island, the Antikythera Mechanism is the most sophisticated machine known from the ancient world.
Modern micro-focus three-dimensional x-ray imagery revealed a complex machine of small precise gears and fine inscriptions written on the parts. We now know the device was made to track astronomical phenomena, specifically the cycles of the Solar System.
🙂 Fascinating stuff! Here’s a very nice rundown on Youtube. There are a lot more to be found on Youtube if you’d like to learn more about this cool ancient gadget.
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