Tuesday, 2 July 2013

An Apple engineer recreated a 2000 year old computer using Legos!

In his own garage, Apple software engineer Andrew Carol constructed a recreation of the 2000 year old Antikythera Mechanism made out of Legos. The Antikythera Mechanism was built by the Ancient Greeks around 150 BC. It was recovered from a shipwrecked Roman vessel in 1901. The Antikythera Mechanism was so corroded from the seawater that no one fully understood its significance.

It took another century and advanced imaging tools for researchers to truly understand what it was. The Antikythera Mechanism was the world’s first computing device. The mechanism was used to track celestial movements and predict lunar and solar eclipses.

The original Antikythera Mechanism is in the National Archeological Museum in Athens, Greece. Scientific American’s parent company commissioned the videographer John Pavlus to record Carol as he worked on the recreation. Carol completed the project in 30 days using 1,500 Lego Technic parts. Carol’s work is pretty exciting in the science realm.