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The Antikythera Mechanism

Antikythera mechanismI’m a little spooked by Cory’s latest post, about an ancient Greek ‘computer’ hauled out of the Aegean Sea by divers in 1900, now known as the Antikythera mechanism. With only the most basic researches, I’m finding literature on the subject going way back. I’ve been interested in this kind of thing for years and years, but I’d never heard of this thing until today. Isn’t it strange how things manage to evade our notice? Here, for example, is an article from Scientific American, June 1959, and on the left there is a reconstruction of the beast by orrery maker (orrerer?) John Gleave (whose page btw features a number of other reconstructions of beautiful old gizmos). (via Boing Boing)

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  2. maarten scheffer says:


    have you, by any chance, stumbled upon the work by Van Vark? Link here:


    I feel it might be interesting for you to watch.

    best regards,


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