History: The Antikythera Mechanism

December 1, 2006


If you have never heard of it, the Antikythera Mechanism is a mystery in the archeological and mechanical fields for the past century.  Let’s step into the WayBack machine and travel back 100 years when this object was first discovered.  The year is 1902, and you have been handed a wooden box with bronze gears and dials, assembled with the finest pocket watch precision.  Reading the inscriptions on the box, you realize that this is an astronomical calender which also indicates the position of the planets Mercury and Venus as well as when the next eclipse will occur.   Read the rest of this entry »