The Antikythera mechanism

  title={The Antikythera mechanism},
  author={Herbert E. Bruderer},
  journal={Communications of the ACM},
  pages={108 - 115}
The discovery of this calculating machine is so significant that part of the history of ancient technology must be rewritten. 
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On the epoch of the Antikythera mechanism and its eclipse predictor
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