Thursday, November 30, 2006

Ancient calculator

Giving new meaning to the phrase "sun microsystems", scientists have reverse engineered the utility of 82 brass pieces discovered among shipwrecked remains off the Greek island Antikythera in 1901: an astronomical calculator. Its capabilities:

The calculator could add, multiply, divide and subtract. It was also able to align the number of lunar months with years and display where the sun and the moon were in the zodiac.

1 comment:

Hope said...

holy macaroni!