Friday, December 10, 2010

O μηχανισμό των Αντικυθήρων πάλι σε λειτουργία!

Το έκανε η lego με την apple!
(από το Nature σήμερα)

Ancient Greek computer rebuilt - out of lego - December 10, 2010

It 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).

το βίντεο

Update: και στο Scientific American.

1 comment:

  1. quarkonium2:20 am

    Δεν ξέρω τι ακριβώς εξυπηρετεί το να μην απαντάτε στα τόσο σημαντικά ερωτήματα που τέθηκαν στην προηγούμενη ανάρτηση και να μας πηγαίνετε στον μηχανισμό των αντικυθήρων.Κρίμα γιατί προσωπικά περίμενα περισσότερα από αυτό το blog.