World’s oldest computer recreated in Lego

The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced /ˌæntɨkɨˈθɪərə/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-ə or pronounced /ˌæntɨˈkɪθərə/ ANT-i-KITH-ə-rə), is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions.
The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced /ˌæntɨkɨˈθɪərə/ ANT-i-ki-THEER-ə or pronounced /ˌæntɨˈkɪθərə/ ANT-i-KITH-ə-rə), is an ancient mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions.

The Antikythera mechanism is the oldest known computer. Now designer Andrew Carol has brought it back to life – using Lego. (Image: Wiki Media)

I came across this wonderful news story over the festive period via the New Scientist blogs, and thought I’d share it here. It’s about the oldest known computer, a relic dating back 2000 years and rediscovered at the bottom of the ocean. Now designer Andrew Carol has brought it back to life – using Lego.

The Antikythera mechanism is an astronomical computer thought to have been built in 150BC. It was rediscovered on the Antikythera shipwreck in 1900 and has since astounded researchers by its mechanical complexity. It’s been recreated numerous times, but to the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a working replica has been made from Lego. “We recreated a 1st century BC computer out of the best toy humankind has ever invented,” Rutherford says.

Watch the video and read the full blog post here.

– claire_w –

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