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Antikythera Mechanism Celebrated in Google Doodle

May 17th, 2017 by

Google Doodle Antikythera Mechanism

Google has devoted its “Google Doodle” today to the 115 year anniversary of the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism.  We covered the incredible story of this fascinating device in this blog post a few years ago.  Found in a shipwreck off Antikythera (between Crete and the Peloponnese in Greece), it was put on a shelf for 50 years, its value and complexity hidden beneath rock deposits that had accumulated over 2,000 years.  It wasn’t until 1951 that the device was investigated properly, and not until recent advances in x-ray technology that its full workings were revealed.  The device is nothing less than a mechanical computer, a truly astounding piece of engineering for its time.  Visit our previous blog post for the full story and videos:

Antikythera Mechanism Video

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