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Old 3rd December 2006, 22:54   #1
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A group of scientists from the U.K. and Greece led by Mike Edmunds, an astronomer from the University of Cardiff, has unlocked a code more ancient and mysterious than those found in Foucault's Pendulum or The Da Vinci Code. The team has deciphered the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient computer named for the Greek island where it was discovered.

The top image is the main fragment of the original bronze mechanism. Below is the scientists' computer-generated re-creation

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I was amazed by the fast the greeks were able to make something advanced as this (1000 years ahead as they state it). Another amazing thing is how people can reconstruct this from the mess they found.
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