The First Computer?

Saturday and Lived through Black Friday…..now move on to other important stuff…..but first, the Macy’s Parade….ever notice that those inflated nightmares are a symbol of the inflated egos of most Americans?

The first computer?  A device found in the Aegan many years ago is a complex mechanism from an era that may not have had such knowledge (according to mainstream archeologists)…….there has been a wealth of opinions on just what it is……and the research has continued…..

(Newser) – The incredible Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical calculator unlike anything else that appeared for the next 1,000 years, is a “device out of time,” experts say—and they now have a better idea what time it is out of. The mechanism, which was apparently able to accurately predict eclipses and the positions of the planets, was initially believed to have been built around 100BC. But researchers analyzing the device’s own calendar and comparing it to Babylonian eclipse records discovered that it begins more than a century earlier, in 205BC, reports the New York Times. The machine found on an ancient shipwreck appears to use Babylonian arithmetical methods known to the Greeks instead of trigonometry, the researchers write in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences.

The finding means that the mysterious device was already pretty ancient by the time it went down some time around 70BC to 60BC with a ship carrying a bride and her dowry, io9 reports. Researchers have long speculated that great Greek thinkers like Archimedes, Hipparchus, or Posidonius must have been involved in the construction of the dazzlingly advanced mechanism, but they say the new date makes an Archimedes connection unlikely. The new research also offers some clues to the place where it may have been made: An inscription on part of the device used to date the Olympic Games refers to a competition held on the island of Rhodes. (A new excavation that finished last month found that the wreck the mechanism came from was much bigger than thought, leading researchers to call it the “Titanic of the ancient world.”)

Of course this does not take in account the “Ancient Alien Theory”……that is a whole other post after I have been heavily medicated…….

If you have a thought please share!

6 thoughts on “The First Computer?

  1. It will take many more years to figure out who was responsible for this, then we may never know. Everyone loves a great mystery.

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