672Px-Nama Machine D'anticythère 1
This 2,000 year old clock-like device might be one of the oldest “computers” – “It looks like a heap of rubbish, feels like flaky pastry and has been linked to aliens. For decades, scientists have puzzled over the complex collection of cogs, wheels and dials seen as the most sophisticated object from antiquity, writes Helena Smith. But 102 years after the discovery of the calcium-encrusted bronze mechanism on the ocean floor, hidden inscriptions show that it is the world’s oldest computer, used to map the motions of the sun, moon and planets.” [via] – Link.

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  • An Ancient Greek Computer – Link.
  • Antikythera mechanism – Link.