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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 05:26 AM
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the Lego Antikythera Mechanism (video)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/punctuated-equilibriu...

"Two years ago, a paper was published in Nature describing the function of the oldest known scientific computer, a device built in Greece around 100 BCE. Recovered in 1901 from a shipwreck near the island of Antikythera, this mechanism had been lost and unknown for 2000 years. It took one century for scientists to understand its purpose: it is an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. In 2010, a fully-functional replica was constructed out of Lego. "


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trusty elf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:07 AM
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1. Fabulous!
Thanks for the link!
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nenagh Donating Member (657 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:35 AM
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2. Thank you and thank you again..
I've bookmarked this page to show the kids at Christmas...

To see the machine in action.... priceless :)
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thecrow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:33 AM
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3. K&R totally awesome!
Yes!
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arendt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 07:59 AM
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4. Glad this is being popularized...
"honest" history is so exciting; as opposed to revisionist BS about our Christian nation. Honest science is so soothing, compared to the "cigarette company strategy" propaganda being used to confuse the crap out of non-scientists.

Thank you for assembling this.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 08:20 AM
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5. I'm not the one to thank
but I agree with you
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NeoGreen Donating Member (299 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 01:01 PM
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6. +1 n/t
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 02:03 PM
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7. Oh man, that is too cool.
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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dimbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-11-10 06:11 PM
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8. Quibble: not a clock.
A clock keeps time. More like an orrery. A device to show where and when astronomical phenomena occur.

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