(από το Nature σήμερα)
Ancient Greek computer rebuilt - out of lego - December 10, 2010It really is amazing what you can do with lego these days. Especially if you're Andy Carol, a software engineer at Apple, who makes working lego models of mechanical computers, such as the Babbage Difference Engine.
Carol's latest creation is this astonishing recreation of the Antikythera Mechanism, a clockwork device made in Greece over 2,000 years ago (around 100-150 BCE) and salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean, in 1901. It wasn't until 2006 that scientists explained exactly how it worked (see 'In search of lost time', Nature 444 534-538; 2006). The geared device would calculate the motions of the Sun, Moon and planets, and predict eclipses (and may have been based on even older, Babylonian, astronomical theories - as Jo Marchant outlines in a feature in Nature's November issue).
Update: και στο Scientific American.