Lego Antikythera Mechanism

I’m absolutely fascinated by archaeology and anthropology. I nearly went into these fields professionally years ago. When I first heard of the Antikythera Mechanism, I was frankly not terribly surprised at the complexity of it. It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that the ancients are so looked down upon as uneducated or savage. There is no reason to believe this aside from sheer arrogance at the “modern” man as the pinnacle of human development. Anyhow, I’m getting sidetracked so …

For those who don’t know, the Antikythera Mechanism is a mechanical computer which appears to have been used for calculating, predicting or modelling the movements of astronomical events. It’s long been a favorite item to read about. I won’t go in depth on all it can do here; follow my links below for articles which can tell you more (I certainly got sidetracked browsing about it again while writing this post).

Someone has made a functional equivalent of the Antikythera Mechanism out of Lego. This is so geeky-cool I can hardly describe it! Check out the video:

Here are a few links about the Antikythera Mechanism:
Official research group’s website
An article published in Nature
Wikipedia article about the device

This entry was posted in Hobbies. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply