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The Antikythera Mechanism is an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as the first mechanical computer) designed to calculate astronomical positions and alignments. It was discovered in a sunken wreck off the coast of Greece in 1900. It is estimated to have been constructed between 150-100 B.C. The device is remarkable for the level of miniaturization and complexity of its parts, which is comparable to 18th century clocks. It contains as many as 70 gears with teeth formed through equilateral triangles. Who would have had such an advanced knowledge of astronomy and mechanics to be able to construct such a device in 150 B.C., never to be duplicated for nearly 2,000 years?

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Originally posted 2017-12-17 18:54:12.