LEGO Antikythera Mechanism
Sat, December 11, 2010, 01:58 1 Comment
LEGO what? The Antikythera Mechanism: http://bit.ly/fm4oFK is the oldest known scientific computer: an ancient Greek astronomical clock for determining the positions of celestial bodies and eclipses built around 100 BC.
Adam Rutherford, Nature’s chief audio and video editor, persuaded Carol to build the device, which was filmed in stop-motion over 40 days by writer and filmmaker John Pavlus (whose blog explains more about the process). (The video can also be seen at Nature‘s video channel).
Here’s the machine:
And here’s the 40 days of stop-motion filming condensed into less than 2 minutes:
Ok, I’ve to admit it’s all… quite greek to me. Umm… but it’s a great video, got nice music, looks like an interesting gadget, and made of LEGO, so what’s there not to like about it? 😛