Saturday, January 29, 2011

Antikythera Legos!


This picture is of what is likely the oldest computer on Earth. It's a set of gears and cams designs to predict, with extraordinary precision, the positions of the stars and planets, back about 100BCE, by the Greeks. Then it was lost in a shipwreck, only to be found 2,000 years later.

Some clever folks with Lego blocks built a working model of the thing. Here's how it works.


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