The World’s Earliest Computer Rebuilt with Legos

Computer.

Say it and most people immediately picture something with a screen and at least one switch and a variety of flashing, blinking lights.  World’s oldest computer?  Add a mental image of real-to-real tapes and even more lights.  And it is BIG.

Think again.

Apparently the world’s oldest computer was built by the Greeks 100 years before the birth of Christ.  Huh?  Yep.  100 years before the birth of Christ.

The Antikythera mechanism that accurately predicted solar eclipses was discovered on a shipwreck in 1901.  In 2010, Apple engineer Andrew Carol rebuilt the mechanism out of Legos.

Check out this video.

Cool, cool, cool.  And also why subscriptions to online feeds like the Technology Review pay off.   Think about signing up.

–SueBE