Sophisticated ancient minds

A few months ago, I was bemoaning the delayed release of data from the Antikythera Research Project. Obviously they were holding out for a major publication which appears in Nature this week.

It’s interesting stuff – analysis of the mechanism and the newly-uncovered inscriptions suggests an advanced understanding of celestial mechanics. Naturally, experts disagree as to the precise workings of the mechanism, as summarised in this news story. The research project website seems to be struggling under the load…

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