Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

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Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Bruce » Sun Apr 05, 2015 12:48 pm

One hour long, but well worth every second to watch.

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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Witness » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:55 am

Thanks Bruce! Watched it with pleasure. It's more or less the 2009 Scientific American article about that mechanism.

But there are news:

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(50 hours autonomy – hope there's a Pampers dispenser incorporated! :D )
Scientific American wrote:Return to the Antikythera Shipwreck: The Exosuit’s First Mission

By Philip J. Hilts | October 8, 2014

The suit was designed to be the next step in scuba diving for underwater work, including in this case, archeology—a huge step giving the humans inside a far greater ability to withstand high, underwater pressure and to stay submerged for long periods.

After coming out of the water yesterday, O’Brien said the experience was completely unlike scuba diving. “You don’t have any sense of pressure or depth. Fifty feet feels the same as 200 feet, except maybe it’s darker at 200.” He said the cloak is more like a little submarine with bendy arms and legs.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/exp ... r-exosuit/

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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Bruce » Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:33 am

Cool. Looks like Bioshock. 8)
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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Anaxagoras » Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:09 am

Great video Bruce. Thanks.
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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by robinson » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:55 pm

You can make a working one with leggos

I think the first one was made in 2006
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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by DrMatt » Wed Apr 15, 2015 1:40 am

But does it do the apparent positions of the other 5 classical planets?
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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Witness » Wed Apr 15, 2015 2:56 am

In the same vein there's Babbage's Difference Engine:

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The Computer History Museum wrote:Charles Babbage (1791-1871), computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engines. He invented computers but failed to build them. The first complete Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed. Difference Engine No. 2, built faithfully to the original drawings, consists of 8,000 parts, weighs five tons, and measures 11 feet long.
(I read elsewhere that it was built at 2/3 scale. Or have they made a second one?)
http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/

Just needs a mechanical graphics output to show the planets' positions in real time.

Also a steampunk book by Gibson & al.:
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goodreads wrote:1855: The Industrial Revolution is in full and inexorable swing, powered by steam-driven cybernetic Engines. Charles Babbage perfects his Analytical Engine and the computer age arrives a century ahead of its time. And three extraordinary characters race toward a rendezvous with history - and the future: Sybil Gerard - dishonored woman and daughter of a Luddite agitator; Edward "Leviathan" Mallory - explorer and paleontologist; Laurence Oliphant - diplomat and spy. Their adventure begins with the discovery of a box of punched Engine cards of unknown origin and purpose. Cards someone wants badly enough to kill for...
The chapters are of unequal quality, I suspect the Sterling guy ("dishonored woman", ugh!).

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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by whitefork » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:07 pm

that book was sadly disappointing for something with a really good premise. Thomas Pynchon would have nailed it.
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Re: Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism

Post by Witness » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:07 am

Virtual model:

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Scanned slices:

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Description:

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From the (partly broken) project site: http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/project/overview, where you can see more documents.