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Scientists unlock secrets of world’s oldest computer created 2000 years ago

It is nothing like it that has ever been found. It’s out of this world
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A team of scientists at University College London claim they may have finally cracked the code of one of the archaeology’s great mysteries, Antikythera Mechanism.

The ancient device was discovered in a sunken ship in 1901 off the coast of Greek island of Antikythera together with treasure of artworks.

Archeologists believe that it has been meant for a triumph parade for Julius Caesar in Rome, dated back the to 1st century.

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After ore than a century since its discovery, researchers believe they have found a clue using X-ray and working on building a functioning physical replica.

They believe that the device was not only a calculator, but an accurate cosmos model to predict the movements of the Sun and 5 known planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, but with the Earth being in the center, all packed into the size of a shoe box.

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Adam Wojcik, a materials scientist who co-authored the research, was amazed by the masterpiece created 2000 years ago.

“Frankly, there is nothing like it that has ever been found. It’s out of this world,” said Adam.

Whether or not the ancient Greeks had the technology to create the precise shaped parts in the new model remains an open question.

Jia Suriyanto
Indonesian Journalist at News Asia Today. I cover the latest news and stories on Indonesia, particularly on business.