Monday, December 13, 2010

Lego Antikythera Mechanism

"Two thousand years ago, a Greek mechanic set out to build a machine that would model the workings of the known Universe.
The result was a complex clockwork mechanism that displayed the motions of the Sun, Moon and planets on precisely marked dials.
By turning a handle, the creator could watch his tiny celestial bodies trace their undulating paths through the sky.
The mechanic’s name is now lost..."   Jo Marchant
Antikythera mechanism

Lego Antikythera mechanism

2000-year-old computer recreated

A working model of an ancient computer was recently recreated in London.

Virtual Reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism (by M. Wright & M. Vicentini)

Virtual model of the (still) mysterious Antikythera Mechanism by Mogi Vicentini based on the theoretical and mechanical model by Michael Wright.

Antikythera Mechanism Part 2: by Nature Vide

New interpretations of the Antikythera Mechanism reveal that it could be used to predict eclipses, and that it had a dial recording the dates of the ancient Olympiads. The 2,000-year-old box of intricate gearwork provides a glimpse of the engineering prowess of the Hellenic world. The team discuss their results here.

Behind the Scenes: Lego Antikythera Mechanism
Andrew Carol rebuilt a 2000-year-old analog computer out of Legos. It predicts the year, date, and time of future solar and lunar eclipses accurately to within two hours. All using plastic gears. This film explains how it works.

 Mechanical inspiration: by  Jo Marchant