Ancient Computer

Ancient Computer

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An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world's first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.
The arms and faces of ancient statuary litter the seabed at the site of a shipwreck off the coast of Greece. But that's not the most interesting find. Encrusted with over 2,000 years of mineral deposits are highly engineered gears clearly visible as part of a mysterious device dating back to about 50 BCE. Using X-ray technology and working off of the realization that the gears' teeth are prime numbers relating to astronomy, the device is revealed to be the earliest known computer used for predicting eclipses and demonstrating planetary motion. Written by B J Hall
Edition: Widescreen.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781608837984
Branch Call Number: 004.09 ANC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)


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Dec 06, 2017

Originally broadcast by PBS on April 3, 2013, this 54-minute documentary explores Antikythera Mechanism---an ancient computer that predicts astronomical positions and eclipses for calendar and astrological purposes.
It is an amazing story about the ancient computer.

Aug 05, 2017

Its incredible how much they can pack into fifty minutes! Very well paced, informative both substantially (on the subject (antikythera device)) and incidentally (personalities, new x-ray devices, etc.). The device, its design, purpose, and importance are all clearly explained in an interesting story.

Jan 02, 2015

In Ancient times people were brilliant and sophisticated period not what they thought us in school. This documentary is superb highly recommend it.

Jan 03, 2014

Excellent documentary about the discovery and reverse engineering of this advanced complex machine build by the ancient Greeks.

aaa5756 Aug 11, 2013

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

May 25, 2013

Compelling documentary about an artifact retrieved from a Greek shipwreck a century ago, a corroded metallic object that baffled experts for years. The documentary follows current day experts using technology and reverse engineering to explore the secrets of what was in fact an mechanized device, a thousand years or more ahead of its time. History, engineering, math, and science are all explored, and the various expert commentary brings with it an enthusiasm for the subject that keeps the audience engaged.


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aaa5756 Aug 11, 2013

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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