Was the oldest computer in the world containing rings with jewelry on it?

The Antikythera Mechanism, a 2,000-year-old astronomical calculator often referred to as the first computer, appears to have been constructed differently than scientists previously thought. The mechanism may not indicate the position of the planets with the indications, but with the rings that represent the planetary jewels.

The Antikythera Mechanism was remarkably ahead of its time. It can predict the positions of the sun, moon, and five planets, as well as eclipses of the sun, the moon, and even the dates of the Olympic Games. It was found in a shipwrecked in Greek waters in 1901 and may have been made between 140 and 80 BC. Scientists have reconstructed the remains of a shattered mechanism for more than a century.

The front of the mechanism is missing, but scientists agree it must have contained a disk depicting the position of the planets. This was possible thanks to the gears of more than thirty bronze gears.

Genius Gears

British researchers have now reconstructed how those gears worked, based on all the physical remains of the mechanism. And they concluded from this reconstruction that there were probably no hands on the forehead. To write ze in Scientific Reports.

It is more likely that there are concentric rings that can rotate. Inscriptions appear to indicate that these rings were colored, and are relatively valuable stones for indicating the position of the planets.

Scientists were not involved in the study Mention Reconstruction is “ingenious”, but it is also a caveat: because there is so little of the original, it is almost impossible to determine with certainty how the asset was grouped together.

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Column # 120 by Hens Zimmerman: The Antikythera Mechanism

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