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The Antikythera Mechanism – 2D

More than 21 centuries ago, a mechanism of fabulous ingenuity was created in Greece, a device capable of indicating exactly how the sky would look for decades to come — the position of the moon and sun, lunar phases and even eclipses. But this incredible invention would be drowned in the sea and its secret forgotten for two thousand years.

This video is a tribute from Swiss clock-maker Hublot and film-maker Philippe Nicolet to this device, known as the Antikythera Mechanism, or the world’s “first computer”. The fragments of the Mechanism were discovered in 1901 by sponge divers near the island of Antikythera. It is kept since then at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.

For more than a century, researchers were trying to understand its functions. Since 2005, a pluridisciplinary research team, the “Antikythera Mechanism Research Project”, is studying the Mechanism with the latest high tech available.

The results of this ongoing research has enabled the construction of many models. Amongst them, the unique mechanism of a watch, designed by Hublot as a tribute to the Mechanism, is incorporating the known functions of this mysterious and fascinating ancient Mechanism.

A model of the Antikythera Mechanism, built by the Aristotle University in Greece, together with the mechanism of the watch and this film in 3D are featuring in an exhibition about the Mechanism that is taking place in Paris, at the Musée des Arts et Métiers.

The original fragments of the Mechanism, its main models and the watch designed by Hublot are on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece.

25 thoughts on “The Antikythera Mechanism – 2D”

  1. Human tech might be 2000 years more advanced if it wasn’t lost in the middle of a sea

  2. Mlogan11 says:

    No HDMI = no good.

  3. zyber sience says:

    Somebody watching in 2018

  4. Excellent video. All fact and no postulating.

  5. RShields says:

    It should be noted that Freeth & Jones have since changed their model (paper published in 2012). They now suggest the front had pointers for the Moon and the 5 known planets, in addition to the Sun pointer and lunar phase arm visible in this video's reconstruction.
    Also, the internal 3D diagram is wrong, but not terribly so.

  6. TASI Channel says:

    Ah yes… I remember this! Of course, back then we called this "Windows Millenium Edition" or simply Windows ME.

  7. No other evidence of this kind of craftsmanship appears before the
    earliest pocket watch in 1525 AD. Is this a time machine theory joke?

  8. It really makes one wonder how many other devices like this may have been out there. This is literally a computer, produced over 2,000 years ago. Surely, it must have been unfathomably expensive to produce and to obtain, but, if somebody could produce one, surely there were other such devices.

    The ancients were nowhere near as primitive as many would believe.

  9. irie1tes says:

    Why would these sky patterns be of significance years in advance?

  10. And today…library's are shutting down, books being discarded, digital knowledge taking over. When books are all gone…its easy to see how knowledge goes away.

  11. Opulm 1 says:

    I saw this video today in school.

  12. Jan Hansen says:

    flat earth machine
    dosent work in a big bang universe

  13. Search for “Clickspring”

  14. Nigel Coxon says:

    The device was obviously lost at sea…one wonders if its creator was lost with it…and how much civilisation would have advanced if he/she had been able to spread its design and manufacturing techniques…

  15. KrispyDave says:

    So someone dropped a clock in the sea and it landed on some old ship and some idiot scientists miss dated it by 2000 years – mystery solved.

  16. Ron Wylie says:

    They could design and work THIS yet not discover the power of steam?, or make a working clock?, this is incredible work though

  17. That watch looks amazing. (6:18 )

  18. angelo paris says:

    Not really surprised that the Greek world had such advanced technology. After all Ben Hur was filmed in a chariot race wearing his wrist watch. 🙂

  19. Badge Man says:

    Isn't this cultural appropriation..?

  20. Wow is all i got to say way to go humans we are the gods

  21. Juan Yang says:

    Yo Greeks do you guys can read n understand ancient greek??

  22. Juan Yang says:

    look at that teeth of cogs wow.

    I still can't believe that thing had made over thousands yrs ago

  23. Owen Barclay says:

    Yo when the fuck did we start having to say BCE and ACE instead of just BC and AD if both still fuckin exist in relation to the birth of Christ. This has been one of my biggest life irritations along with people calling Espresso 'Expresso' and Nazis.

  24. Hillary sank the boat with Obama's help!

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