LEGO Antikythera Mechanism

LEGO what?   The Antikythera Mechanism: is the oldest known scientific computer: an ancient Greek astronomical clock for determining the positions of celestial bodies and eclipses built around 100 BC. 

This ancient device was recreated in LEGO form by Andy Carol, a software engineer at Apple, who makes working lego models of mechanical computers, such as the Babbage Difference Engine

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? 😛

One Response to LEGO Antikythera Mechanism

  1. walshklien says:

    cool! I like the Babbage Difference Engine as well! It was something I studied when I was in Univ! Thanks for sharing =D

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