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Nova: Ancient Computer DVD
Nova: Ancient Computer

Nova: Ancient Computer

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In 1900, a storm blew a boatload of sponge divers off course and forced them to take shelter by the tiny Mediterranean island of Antikythera. Diving the next day, they discovered a 2,000 year-old Greek shipwreck. Among the ship's cargo they hauled up wasan unimpressive green lump of corroded bronze. Rusted remnants of gear wheels could be seen on its surface, suggesting some kind of intricate mechanism. The first X-ray studies confirmed that idea, but how it worked and what it was for puzzled scientistsfor decades. Recently, hi-tech imaging has revealed the extraordinary truth: this unique clockwork machine was the world's first computer. An array of 30 intricate bronze gear wheels, originally housed in a shoebox-size wooden case, was designed to predict the dates of lunar and solar eclipses, track the Moon's subtle motions through the sky, and calculate the dates of significant events such as the Olympic Games. No device of comparable technological sophistication is known from anywhere in the world forat least another 1,000 years. So who was the genius inventor behind it? And what happened to the advanced astronomical and engineering knowledge of its makers? NOVA follows the ingenious sleuthing that finally decoded the truth behind the amazing ancientGreek computer.
Title: Nova: Ancient Computer
Genre: TV Variety & Misc, Special Interest-Science&Tech
Starring: Nova
Studio: PBS (Direct)
Release Date: 1/8/2013
Original Year: 2013
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 841887018012
Item #: 501477X

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