Engineer Recreates 2000 Year Old Computer out of Legos
Working in the comfort of his garage, Apple software engineer Andrew Carol constructed something quite remarkable: a recreation of the 2000 year-old Antikythera Mechanism made out of Legos. Andrew Carol recreates the Antikythera Mechanism using Legos
(Credit: Digital Science)
The Antikythera Mechanism, built by the ancient Greeks around 150 BC, was recovered from a Roman shipwreck in 1901. When the device was retrieved, however, it was so corroded that nobody fully comprehended its significance.
It would take researchers using advanced imaging tools another century to realize that what they were looking at was the world's first computing device. In this case, the mechanism was used by the ancients to track celestial movements and predict lunar and solar eclipses. (The original mechanism is in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.)
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