Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ancient Computer


So we missed this somehow...seems they've been dredging up pieces of bronze gears from a Greek shipwreck first discovered in 1901 and a reconstruction published in Nature says it's an analog computer that traced the movements of the Sun and Moon and planets! They date it back to 100 B.C. which is 1000 years earlier than comparable technology we've known about up until now...
I love stuff like this--a reminder that we really don't know what we don't know, that there are many approaches to knowledge that have come and gone before ours: Mayan astronomers, Vedic metaphysicians, shamans whose names we'll never know. The funniest part is that instead of taking this lesson to heart, some people are using this find to claim that the Greeks were the exception, as if only 'the fathers of Western civilization' could be so GENIUS!
Ha! I was a Classics major but I say: HA!

1 comment:

IF THE BIRDS KNEW said...

Post by finian Mckean of course i was never a classics major and can only speak & read Brooklyn, California & toddler