Episode 35-Psycho Bob Says
What's the Antikythera Mechanism?
Welcome to the 35th episode, which is another 10-minute installment of Psycho Bob Says, What's the Antikythera Mechanism?
The Antikythera mechanism is generally referred to as the first known analogue computer.
The story starts with the discovery of a Roman shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera in 1900. When sponge divers investigated the shipwreck, they found the kind of items often associated with such discoveries, including marble statues, pottery, jewelry, and coins, but they also discovered a strange object, the likes of which nobody had ever seen.
After decades of study, it has been determined that the Antikythera mechanism is an Ancient Greek hand-powered mechanical model of the of the solar system. It was a mechanical computer of bronze gears that used ground-breaking technology to make astronomical predictions, by mechanizing astronomical cycles and theories. I used two main sources for the information for this episode, the book “The Antikythera Mechanism: The History and Mystery of the Ancient World’s Most Famous Astronomical Device” as well as the article, “A Model of the Cosmos in the ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism” published in Nature magazine on March 12, 2021. To see the article, click here.
Is the Antikythera Mechanism the Dial of Destiny
in the upcoming Indiana Jones movie?
The reason I picked the Antikythera mechanism for this episode is due to watching the trailed for the new Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny movie trailer. This movie will be out in June 2023, so we shall know soon enough.
To the right are two images of the Antikythera mechanism, one real and the other is a rendering based on the actual item. However, if you watch the movie trailer, they use two different images for the Dial of Destiny and those are below. I think these are too closley related to not be the Antikythera mechanism or at least inspired by them. Take a look below at the movie images and you decide.