The Ancient ‘Computer’ That Simply Shouldn’t Exist (Video)
When we think of ancient technology, we often imagine simple tools and primitive machinery. But what if we told you that over 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greeks had built the world’s oldest computer? That's right, we're talking about the Antikythera mechanism , a complex device discovered in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece in 1901.
This incredible machine contained a system of gears and cogs that was able to predict astronomical positions and eclipses with incredible accuracy. It's no wonder that some have called it the world's first computer, a marvel of engineering that was centuries ahead of its time. The Antikythera mechanism is a reminder that even in the ancient world, there were minds that were capable of incredible feats of technology and innovation.
Top image: Artistic rendering of the Antikythera mechanism, the oldest analogue computer. Source: AkuAku / Adobe Stock.
By Joanna Gillan
It is generally believed that its construction relied on theories developed by Greek astronomers and mathematicians during the second century BC. However, I would prefer to replace "believed" in the previous sentence by 'speculated'.
Did the Ancient Greeks develop the mechanism in full or did they utilise or improve existing knowledge and technology? I'm not so sure we know the answer to that one.