The Antikythera Mechanism – the 2,000 Years Old “Computer” for Tracking the Solar System

The Antikythera Mechanism – the 2,000 Years Old “Computer” for Tracking the Solar System

More than a hundred years ago an extraordinary mechanism was found by sponge divers at the bottom of the sea near the island of Antikythera. It astonished the whole international community of experts on the ancient world. Was it an astrolabe? Was it an orrery or an astronomical clock? Or something else? For decades, scientific investigation failed to yield much light and relied more on imagination than the facts. However research over the last half century has begun to reveal its secrets. The machine dates from around the end of the 2nd century B.C. and is the most sophisticated mechanism...