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Postby Guest » 11/30/06 12:43 PM

For lovers of automata and nifty mechanical devices...

"An ancient astronomical calculator made at the end of the 2nd century BC was amazingly accurate and more complex than any instrument for the next 1,000 years, scientists said on Wednesday. The Antikythera Mechanism is the earliest known device to contain an intricate set of gear wheels. It was retrieved from a shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901 but until now what it was used for has been a mystery."


See the article here: http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/11/3 ... index.html

Clay
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Postby Guest » 11/30/06 01:04 PM

Awesome. Kinda boggles the mind that something so accurate and technically advanced, could have been made then. And to cast(?) such accurate gears is amazing. I'm certain we haven't heard the end of this story.

I'll stay tuned.

Adrian
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Postby Guest » 11/30/06 07:37 PM

I heard about this on NPR last night. Thanks for posting the link. Pretty amazing craftmanship.
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Postby Guest » 11/30/06 07:57 PM

Originally posted by Eric Rose:
I heard about this on NPR last night. Thanks for posting the link. Pretty amazing craftmanship.
heard it had marked dials ... figure it was used to reveal selected cards? :rolleyes:
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