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Re-make of the oldest computer ever with Lego
posted December 11 2010 13:03.52 by Giorgos Lazaridis

2100 years ago, Greek engineers created a unique mechanical computer, using gears with astonishing precision. This mechanism remained buried under sea in a shipwreck for 2000 years, until it was found again near the Greek island Antikythera in 1901. The real purpose of this computer was not found until 2006, where scientists used X-rays to make a 3D image. The mechanism was used to predict celestial events and eclipses with incredible precision.
In 2010, nature site sponsored by Digital Science made a fully functional replica of this ancient mechanism out of Lego parts. Watch the following video and read more about the Antikythera mechanism.

The real Antikythera mechanism

[Via: tuaw]    [Link: nature]
Tags: mechanical   research   lego   science   

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