November 24, 2006
Gearing Up

Slashdot linked up news of new developments concerning the Antikythera Mechanism, an ancient Greek computing machine whose sophistication would not be matched by Europeans for a thousand years. By using new high-resolution X-ray techniques, scientists have uncovered even more detail on how the thing actually worked, including tantalizing hint that some sort of user manual has been uncovered, buried in the layers of the device. The scientists are understandably (if rather frustratingly) cagey about what it all means. Hopefully much more detail will be revealed once their research paper has been published, apparently later this month.

Posted by scott at November 24, 2006 08:09 AM

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