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Greek 2000-Year-Old Computer Decoded Scientist Decode the Functions

Greek 2000-Year-Old Computer Decoded Scientist Decode the Functions

The device, computer was found its first fragments were recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, scientists and historians have been trying to uncover the relic's secrets.

The machine is now under the supervision of an international team of researchers.

Historians agree that it is somewhere between 60 BCE and 200 BCE. The "computer", that has a series of bronze gears, was used to predict eclipses, track the movement of the Sun, Moon, stars and track the positions of the five planets that were known back then - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

The texts on the 82 fragments of the device have been deciphered by the researchers using X-ray scanning and newly developed imaging technology. Inscriptions being only 1.2 millimetres high, made deciphering text on it next to impossible with the naked eye

the high-tech relic, which looks like an old clock with bronze gears, was discovered to have been used thousands of years ago to calculate astronomical events and other happenings in space.

Ancient Greeks may have also used the device in tracking the positions of the sun and the moon, the lunar phases, and cycles of Greek athletic competition.

Alexander Jones, a history professor from the New York University said that Now we have texts that you can actually read as ancient Greek, what we had before was like something on the radio with a lot of static,"
"It's a lot of detail for us because it comes from a period from which we know very little about Greek astronomy and essentially nothing about the technology, except what we gather from here,"
"It's like a textbook of astronomy as it was understood then, which connected the movements of the sky and the planets with the lives of the ancient Greeks and their environment,"

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