Scientists have determined that the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2000-year-old Greek device discovered in a Roman shipwreck, was an analog computer that could display celestial cycles. The mechanism's complex system of bronze gears may have been used to predict lunar & solar eclipses. "It's a brilliant technical design," said the researchers, "technically more complex than any known device for at least a millennium afterwards."
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Last updated by curious on Aug. 25, 2008
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