Science is always pushing on. The forward momentum is hard to keep up with sometimes, but all it takes is a quick look back to realize that there’s still a lot to learn from the past. And the ancient greeks have especially kept us on our toes with the Antikythera Mechanism. Since it was discovered in 1900 off the Greek island of Antikythera, the complex clock-like device has puzzled archaeologists and UFO hunters, alike.
Theories about the function and purpose of the Antikythera Mechanism have ranged from it being a very basic clock to intense back-and-forth arguments about how this gift from the aliens doesn’t belong in a museum. All the while, scientists have been piecing together the Mechanism’s real use by de-coding its inscriptions. Turns out, their discoveries are much better than any of the theories.
Digital scanning done over the course of a decade has indicated the Antikythera Mechanism was “a philosopher’s guide to the galaxy, perhaps the world’s oldest mechanical computer.” The scanning has indicated that the Greeks of around 200 BC were capable of sophisticated technological innovation, thousands of years ahead of their time.