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Lego Video: Learn How the Oldest Known Calculator Accurately Predicted Eclipses 2,000 Years Ago Antikythera Mechanism Lego Video: Oldest Known Scientific Computer Rebuilt with Lego

by Ben Jervey

March 30, 2011

Insane. Here's how Nature Network describes the video:

The Antikythera Mechanism is the oldest known scientific computer. Built in Greece around 100 BCE but lost for 2000 years, it was recovered from a shipwreck in 1901. However, it wasn't until a century later that its purpose was understood: it's an astronomical clock that determines the positions of celestial bodies with extraordinary precision. 



Head over to the Nature Network to check out the other "science on the screen" finalists. (The bat one is equally amazing.) I'm always excited by more creative communication of science, so this video was a real treat.

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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