The Antikythera Mechanism: A Computer Science Perspective

@article{Spinellis2008TheAM,
  title={The Antikythera Mechanism: A Computer Science Perspective},
  author={Diomidis D. Spinellis},
  journal={Computer},
  year={2008},
  volume={41}
}
  • D. Spinellis
  • Published 1 May 2008
  • Physics, Computer Science
  • Computer
Two thousand years separate us from an ancient Greek computing device known as the Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient astronomical calculator that contains a lunisolar calendar, predicts eclipses, and indicates the moon's position and phase. Its use of multiple dials and interlocking gears eerily foreshadows modern computing concepts from the fields of digital design, programming, and software engineering. In this article, the author explains the mechanism's… 

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