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The Antikythera mechanism, an ancient analog “computer”, said to be “more valuable than the Mona Lisa”

Photo Credit Peulle – CC BY-SA 4.0

In 1900, a boat carrying sponge divers encountered a storm and took refuge on the island of Antikythera in the Aegean Sea. 783 more words

Antikythera Mechanism

Fragment showing a large gear

Back side of the fragment

SUBJECT: Ancient Mechanism

STATUS: Partially explained

THINGS TO KNOW: It was discovered among the wreck near the Greek Island of Antikythera in May 1902. 243 more words


Antikythera, the Green Island of Science

You’ve probably all heard of the Antikythera Mechanism, a sophisticated device that was used about 2000 years ago by the Greeks to predict astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes and found in 1902 at the site of a shipwreck near the island of… 179 more words

The Universe And Stuff

Treasure in the sea

In 1900, Greek sponge divers came upon a shipwreck off the island of Antikythera. From a depth of 45 meters they retrieved numerous large artefacts, including bronze and marble statues, pottery, unique glassware, jewellery, coins and various other objects. 292 more words




to try to answer the myriad unasked questions. Hell, it can’t even begin to answer the asked ones—

… Considering how remarkable it is, the Antikythera Mechanism has received comparatively scant attention from archaeologists or historians of science and technology, and is largely unappreciated in the wider world. 187 more words


The Roundup #76

Discoveries, discoveries, and more discoveries! From the Antikythera wreck, no less!

Here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!

From Archaeology.org:

Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities has announced the discovery of… 138 more words



It takes a genius to fix the world
like a genie acts boundlessly
limitations of three
not one of thee
thine fine twine unwind
mother thread of life… 63 more words