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Mysteries of computer from 65BC are solved

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  1. Mitzs
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    Mysteries of computer from 65BC are solved



    A 2,000-year-old mechanical computer salvaged from a Roman shipwreck has astounded scientists who have finally unravelled the secrets of how the sophisticated device works. The machine was lost among cargo in 65BC when the ship carrying it sank in 42m of water off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. By chance, in 1900, a sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck and recovered statues and other artifacts from the site.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2006/nov/30/uknews
     
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    1. grizz3210
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      I think it's amazing what they came up with back then.
      I saw a program on ancient inventions a while ago and one of them was a steam engine about 1800 years before it was reinvented. (i think) i can't help but think where we would be now (technology wise) if we had not lost the technology?:blink
    2. Mitzs
      Mitzs

      I think it is really neat too. I really wonder though if we would have destoryed ourselves by now if technology would have stayed around back then. Sometimes I really feel like we are still headed on that path. :cry:
    3. greenbrucelee
      greenbrucelee
      I think its amazing how we think we are so technically evolved and superior to those of the past. I actually happen to think we have gone backwards in many respects, by that I mean lessons have not been learned and what our ancestors inveted/discovered was not documented properly or we can't interperate it correctly.

      Take the pyramids for example, some people think they are a map to the stars, some people believe they are just burial grounds. The truth is not all the hyroglyphic text has been translated so who know whats they awere for.

      What about the mayan lines, how come they new about a spide which can only be seen through a microscope, and microscopes were not invented at that time.

      I think we need to take a good long look at the past so we can discover answers for the future.
    4. sunn
      sunn
      Has nobody seen Star Trek and the Terminator?
      What happened was ppl from the future traveled back in time and ...

      Seriously, it is pretty amazing what the earlier civilizations accomplished.
    5. grizz3210
      grizz3210
      when you said about the mayan lines it reminded me of a program i saw ages ago but i counldn't rememer the name of the people that did the pictures untill just now.

      the nazca people of peru from about 200BC to 600AD
      Interestingly, the drawings are best viewed and appreciated from the air. :ohmy

      http://www.labyrinthina.com/nazca.htm
    6. greenbrucelee
      greenbrucelee
      yeah from the air I have a book with the pics in, the most weird one is the man in the flying machine :blink whats that all about?.

      There was a program on not so long ago when they tried to recreate the lines in some field and they couldn't.
    7. grizz3210
      grizz3210

      I must have missed that one do you remember what it was called? i'll keep my eye's open for it.
    8. greenbrucelee
      greenbrucelee
      I can't remember but it was on channel 4, its also been on one of the History channels. They came to the conclusion that there must have been someone viewing the construction from the air somehow.

      I think Tony Robinson was involved but can't remember precisley.
    9. grizz3210
      grizz3210
      cheers i'll keep my eye's open
    10. Tinus1959
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