Keeping with its tradition of celebrating iconic moments from the past and present, Google is today commemorating the 115th anniversary of the discovery of the Antikythera mechanism. For those who don’t know much about the Antikythera mechanism, it’s an ancient Greek analogue computer that predicts astronomical positions and eclipses for use in astrology and calendars. Some also refer to it as the world s first computer . Today, Google has dedicated a doodle for the same on its homepage. Also Read - Google Workspace now available for everyone, including free Google account ownersAlso Read - UEFA Euro 2020: Colourful Google Doodle kicks off European Football Championship
On its Doodle page, Google said, The Antikythera mechanism tracked planetary positions, predicted lunar and solar eclipses, and even signaled the next Olympic Games. It was probably also used for mapping and navigation . Historians continue to ponder the Antikythera Mechanism s purpose and inner workings, and visitors to the National Archaeological Museum of Greece marvel at its delicate complexity. Today s Doodle illustrates how a rusty remnant can open up a skyful of knowledge and inspiration, Google added.
The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered by a Greek Archaeologist among artefacts from a Roman cargo ship. The ship was then found by a Greek sponge diver. It so happened that the bronze-and-wood device was found among marble, coins, glassware in 1900 and hence the mechanism was ignored until 1951. After two decades of study, the first publication on the Antikythera mechanism was made in 1974 by physicist and historian Derek de Solla Price. Researchers have been trying to learn about it ever since. Its construction relied upon theories of astronomy and mathematics developed by Greek astronomers and is said to be created around the second century BC. ALSO READ: Facebook introduces Google Doodle-like News Feed messages
Well, what’s interesting is that it isn’t known exactly when it was made or who made it. The ancient device is now kept at Greece’s National Archaeological Museum in Athens.