In praise of… The Antikythera Mechanism

I have noted it before [with videos from Nature], but the Antikythera Mechanism is a pretty wondrous object.  And, as the Guardian’s ‘in praise of’ editorial points out, “A BBC4 programme on Thursday night retold the tale.”  The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project is worth a look too.  Here’s a shorter version of the story

And, almost as wondrous, the inevitable Lego version…

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  • sdelaneys

    Excellent, Pete. Wonderful stuff.

  • sherdy

    Brilliant! But possibly another example of the mechanism found its way across the Atlantic as the ancient Mayans had considerable astronomical knowledge.