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This article was published on December 17, 2008


    Brits rebuild world’s oldest computer, founded in Greece

    Brits rebuild world’s oldest computer, founded in Greece
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    Betting is big business in the United Kingdom, so it’s probably not too surprising for you to hear that they’ve rebuilt a 2000-year-old computer which was used for predicting the movements of the heavenly bodies as well as the dates and locations of upcoming Olympic games. Comes in handy when determining the odds.

    A rather genius British museum curator has built a working replica of the dictionary-size Antikythera mechanism of 37 interlocking dials crafted with the precision and complexity of a 19th-century Swiss clock. In 1901, a group of sponge divers found parts of the ancient computer in the Antikythera wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, between Kythera and Crete.

    Interested? Check out this video by NewScientist for the full story.

    [youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrfMFhrgOFc]

    By the way, the machine.. is green. It’s constructed of recycled metal plates – just like the original version.