It seems that computers appeared on Earth relatively 2,100 years ago. The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient analog computer discovered in 1901 on the Greece Antikythera shipwreck. It is estimated that the device was made in 200-100 BC. It is believed that it contained about thirty-seven bronze gears, placed in a wooden case, outside of which there were three dials with arrows.
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The device allowed the ancient Greeks to calculate the movement of celestial bodies, thus finding out the dates of forty-two astronomical events. Scientists claim that the Antikythera Mechanism was made at the thirty-fifth parallel on the island of Rhodes.
Many researchers believe that the famous Greek mathematician and astronomer named Hipparchus of Nicaea could be the inventor of this fascinating ancient computer.
However, experts could not determine what the device had been doing on the ship across the Aegean Sea.
British physicist and science historian named Derek John de Solla Price performed an X-ray scan of the mechanism in 1959. In 1971, he presented a copy of the antique device in a glass case containing thirty-two gears. The researcher found out that one of the dials indicated the signs of the zodiac and the days of the year, and the other two served to simulate the movement of the moon and sun along with other celestial bodies.
In 1997, an engineer from London, Michael T. Wright performed a new X-ray tomography of the Antikythera Mechanism and created his own metal replica of the device. He announced that with the help of the device, the Greeks had also simulated the motion of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, and Mercury.
In other words, the Antikythera Mechanism can be considered to be a computer that tracked and displayed the movement of various celestial bodies, or it was an observer’s guide to the galaxy.
Mike Edmunds, a professor of astrophysics from the University of Cardiff in Wales made another interesting discovery regarding the device. Expert deciphered the tiny inscriptions engraved on the fragments of the device and realized that the Antikythera Mechanism had been used to predict the future.
The ancient Greeks predicted the movement of celestial bodies and focused on the color of the upcoming solar eclipses. Thus, we are talking not only about one of the oldest astronomical devices, but also, probably, about the most ancient astrological instrument.
In 1968, famous Swiss writer Erich von Däniken proposed a theory in his book, “Chariots of the Gods” that space aliens had brought advanced technology to Earth, and the Antikythera Mechanism was one of them.
It’s no secret that the inhabitants of ancient civilization, like many modern inhabitants of the Earth, believed that celestial bodies wag on our world and human life, while we can look into the future if we understand well how the planets move across the sky.
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