Apple chap knocks up ancient Lego computer
The plastic fantastic Antikythera Mechanism
Apple software engineer Andrew Carol has rather impressively put together a replica of the ancient Antikythera Mechanism - built entirely from Lego.
The mechanism, constructed around 80BC, was recovered from the wreck of a cargo ship off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1901, but wasn't until 2006 revealed to be a planetary motion calculator.
Carol has, with a big bucket of Lego and the backing of Digital Science, demonstrated how the contraption may have been used to calculate eclipses:
There's an in-depth look at the machinations of the real Antikythera Mechanism down at Nature. ®
And within a few hundred years...
... the parasitic meme of religion took hold of our gullible race and cost us at least a millennium of scientific and mathematical progress (and probably philosophical, ethical and social progress too).
Flame on! Go Go Lego Geeks FTW!
Oh great...every time there's a Logo story, the usual Meccano fanbois roll in.
Structural strength isn't everything, you know.
Huh? What, 1978?
Not quite - those are the second version of the differential housings which were only phased out last year; the blue axle-pins make it more recent, and you're probably going to have a fit when I point out that practically none of those black structural beams have studs on...
Still, let's see the Reg do it with Playmobil.