The World’s First Computer: Antikythera Mechanism

I was told about this (again) by a family-friend (after a few years of forgetting about this amazing bit of technology); a machine that can ‘look into the future’, built over 2000 years ago in ancient Greece, now formally known as the first computer in the world.

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It was discovered in 1901 by sponge divers, near the island of Antikythera, Greece; Among the worlds largest find of Greek treasure, ever. The divers rescued some of the most beautiful Greek treasures, including many marble and bronze statues, silver coins and many more! However, the significance of the relic wasn’t understood until a century later.

The Antikythera Mechanism was split into several pieces, tiny gear wheels and marks were discovered on the pieces; specifically engineered to tell the time. Other technologies approaching its complexity didn’t appear until the 14th century by which astronomical clocks were being built in Europe. There have been many reproductions of this clock, one can be seen below. You have to admit, it’s pretty unbelievable something this complex was made 2,000 years ago!

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Learn more about this amazing piece of technology and history, alongside its importance below:

Documentary link (1 hour of awesomeness)

Sources:

Documentary above! GO WATCH IT!

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  1. Pingback: An Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism | Wonderful Things

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