“It is a bit frightening to know that just before the fall of their great civilization the ancient Greeks had come so close to our age, not only in their thought, but also in their scientific technology,” wrote the science historian Derek J. de Solla Price in the June 1959 issue of Scientific American. The source of Price’s awe and anxiety was a peculiar 2,000-year-old device known as the Antikythera mechanism. With more than twenty high-precision brass gears, the ancient computer showed the positions of the known planets on any given date. There were also dials forecasting future eclipses as well as the timing of upcoming Olympics. Read the full article by Jonathon Keats in Forbes.
MCD July 30, 2019
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