Scientists Decipher Ancient Text On 'World's Oldest Computer'
A team of international scientists, over more than a decade, have managed to decipher much of the original text inscribed on the inside of the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek artifact known as the world's oldest discovered analog computer to-date.
Named for the Greek island it was recovered near from an ancient shipwreck in the early 20th Century, the Antikythera Mechanism was able to display the phases of the moon, the positions of the known planets, and even to predict solar eclipses, a sort-of primitive 'Planetarium-In-A-Box'.
A worn inscription on the device long held hope of scientists better explaining the origin and purpose of the mechanism, but could only be substantially recovered using modern imaging techniques. The translation revealed thus far suggests that it was likely a teaching tool, perhaps used by ancient Philosopher Scholars. Its probable function was to help the Philosopher instruct students in Cosmology and its relation to mankind with the help of a visual aid, rather than as an astronomical calculation tool or a tool of the astrological arts.
The artifact predates any known devices of comparable technological sophistication by over a thousand years.#Science #Astronomy