Antikythera mechanism: The ancient celestial-tracking device discovered in a shipwreck off Greece

The Antikythera mechanism is an ancient shoebox-sized device that is sometimes called the world’s oldest computer for its ability to perform astronomical calculations.  Discovered by sponge divers off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, the remains of the mechanism are now preserved in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Only 82 fragments, consisting of […]

Head of Hercules and other treasures found on Roman ‘Antikythera Mechanism’ shipwreck

The 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that carried the Antikythera Mechanism — a precise mechanical model of the sun, moon and planets — is giving up new treasures, including a marble head thought to depict the Greek and Roman demigod Hercules. Scientists and divers made the new discoveries after creating the first phases of a precise digital […]

2,000-year-old Greek computer comes back to life

Watch a working model of the ancient clockwork device that some call the world’s first computer Regulars of the Science Weekly podcast will remember our interview with Jo Marchant, the author of Decoding the Heavens. The book tells the story of the Antikythera mechanism, a mysterious clockwork object made up of numerous meshed cogs that was discovered more than a […]