A few years ago, the Antikythera mechanism was discovered. Billed as an “ancient computer,” they’ve now learned that it was able to track the phases of the moon and the planetary cycles over two thousand years ago — and it did that with gears. (Hat tip to Mike Stackpole for the link on Twitter.) You can also visit The Antikythera Mechanism Research Project online, too.
Mind not blown yet? Consider that the ancient Greeks were more advanced than those who lived in Europe at the same time. This invention occurred centuries before clocks would be perfected on the European continent. (What’s more, the Greeks also employed mechanical engineering to the worship of their gods. They understood the magnetic properties of stone, how steam could move objects, etc. to bring Aphrodite and Ares together in their temple, for one example.)
Pretty stunning all around.
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