The Antikythera mechanism (200 – 100 BC) is believed to be the first mechanical analog “computer” (an astronomical calculator with the ability to predict lunar and solar eclipse as well as solar, lunar, and planetary positions).
The device was discovered in 1900 and detailed in June of 1959 by Derek de Solla Price in Scientific American and later by Price in a 1974 paper after further research. Since that time many others have added to our current understanding of the device, it’s use, and it’s history.
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The ancient Greek device, the Antikythera mechanism (circa 200 – 100 BC), is generally considered to be the world’s oldest known mechanical analog computer.