The Antikythera Mechanism - WOW!

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  1. Go Cat Go!!

    Go Cat Go!! Member

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    My mind is officially blown. This is a wonderful BBC documentary on this ancient articact and the world's first computer. It is an hour long but extremely imformative and entertaining. I am shocked at the technology that was available then.











    ....hopefully this won't be another thread that just sinks to bottom like my fat ass in a pool.
     
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    Just link it Suge Knight and it will cruise for days!
     
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    Amazing. Thanks for posting. Humanity hasn't changed a lick in all this time. They were just as smart then as we are now.
     
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    ThePeopleofColin Runs with Scissors

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    Brilliant piece of engineering. Kind of makes you wonder what else is out there that we haven't yet found.
     
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    Yeah, that thing is awesome. It has been a mystery for a long time. Cool they've figured it out.
     
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    Makes you wonder where we would be technology-wise had things like the burning of the great library at Alexandria and the dark ages not occurred. So much knowledge and technology lost.
     
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    Brilliant piece of kit that.
     
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    be ready for a new dark ages, now that space has been privatized.
     
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    If an ordinary modern human would be able to transport themselves back to Greece in the era of the video, would that modern human be considered to have other worldly intelligence?
     
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    Designed by an old man, tracing circles in the sand.
    The slot mechanism is dead on brilliant.
    Kudos to the byzantines and the ancient Arabic mathematicians for keeping the knowledge of geared systems alive.
     
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    Right up until the batteries in their laptop ran out.
     
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    They would take solar chargers with them.

    Great piece thanks.
     
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    Thanks for posting this, really enjoyed it. Makes me wonder what would of happened it Greeks had electricity and the gas engine what our world would be like.
     
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    Hot and hazy.
     
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    Thanks for the link! My youngest son and I enjoyed watching that. Its interesting that research into it back in the 50's forced historians and the like to throw their theories of what the ancient Greeks were actually capable of conceiving out the window. I also found it interesting how the Emperor Marcus Claudius Marcellus wanted Archimedes kept alive. He would have been the Romans' Werner von Braun.
     

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