(ORDO NEWS) — In ancient Greece, a special mechanism was used with which it was possible to predict various astronomical events. Experts believe that this was the most ancient analogue of a computer. It was found in 1900 near an island called Antikythera.
The device is quite complex and contains 30 gears made of bronze. With the help of such equipment, they predicted exactly how the celestial bodies are located and when not only solar, but also lunar eclipses will occur. Scientists have been trying for a long time to establish exactly how the discovered mechanism works. This was done by specialists from the UK. They were also able to assemble a prototype, which turned out to be fully functional.
Professor Tony Fritt said that his team has assembled a device that fully matches all the descriptions present on the ancient Greek “computer”.
To date, only 82 fragments have survived. The specialists used the largest element to identify those that were lost. The experts were able to understand the principle of operation thanks to the inscriptions that were engraved on the inner parts of the device. As it turned out, for the “computer” to work, it is enough to compare the planetary period of Venus, which is 462 days, with a 63-gear wheel.
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