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Did The Ancient Greeks Make A Computer?
An Article | 1977 | Lionel Casson

Posted on 11/01/2003 9:21:03 AM PST by Holly_P

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To: Holly_P
I see you've got the

paragraph and
line breaks down ...

Now all you need is an occasional Bold or italic, or if you're feeling really fancy go for the Bold Italics .. Next week ... Colors, font changes, and graphics ... lol

41 posted on 11/01/2003 10:34:16 AM PST by BlueNgold (Feed the Tree .....)
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To: blam
...Thanks for the very interesting link. I considered pasting it here but don't want to take up a lot of space. It is well worth reading though.
42 posted on 11/01/2003 10:43:34 AM PST by Holly_P (.Proud member of F.R. for one day.)
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To: blam
You do know why it was on the bottom of sea, don't you?
that was the ancient cure for viruses.

Besides the MuSigma people and the pomegranate people were always warring over which had the better and faster computer

Seriously, this was rather more like a mechanical calculator than a computer.
43 posted on 11/01/2003 10:47:04 AM PST by fqued ("He who doens't reboot at least once a day is not using the capacity of his computer.")
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To: Holly_P
Holly,

Okay, now that you've been razzed for a while,
check out:

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Secondly: that (.) was really a tagline that you inadvertently created. Note after a posters screenname there often appears some witty or deep comment in parentheses. You too can do that by filling in the tag line space after printing a reply. It's right there on the posting page after the "your reply" section.
44 posted on 11/01/2003 10:51:44 AM PST by fqued ("He who doesn't reboot at least once a day is not using the capacity of his computer.")
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To: blam
From the link in message #5 and from your reply, I can't seem to get it as to whether the Greek mechanism and the much later "Islamic calendar" Were independant inventions.
It would seem so to me since the Islamic versions were "less sophisticated" (from the link in message #5)Were it "borrowed" from the Greeks it would follow that it would be more sophisticated, improvements having been made with the passage of time.
45 posted on 11/01/2003 10:56:09 AM PST by Holly_P (I'm learning. slowly but surely.)
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46 posted on 11/01/2003 10:59:36 AM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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47 posted on 11/01/2003 11:01:58 AM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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That's what my Grampa is getting me for Christmas. I don't think he knows it yet though.
48 posted on 11/01/2003 11:06:21 AM PST by Holly_P (Life is like.............Life.)
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To: farmfriend
Yes, please do add me to your list. Thank you.
49 posted on 11/01/2003 11:07:44 AM PST by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P
Consider yourself added. If you ever change your mind, just let me know.
50 posted on 11/01/2003 11:09:17 AM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Holly_P
...My first effort. I thought it was fascinating. probably dull for everyone else especially with no paragraph breaks.

I thought it was fascinating. To me it is plausible that a lot of things have been invented more than once, so why not an ancient Greek navigational device? Our history has been pretty chaotic and violent -- there is probably a lot of knowledge that has been discovered and lost and rediscovered centuries later. If any ancient person could have had an understanding of the motion of the planets approaching that of Copernicus, it would have to have been some ancient Greek. The ancient people did seem to be able to navigate better than one might think -- maybe they knew more than we give them credit for.

51 posted on 11/01/2003 11:19:20 AM PST by Wilhelm Tell (Lurking since 1997!)
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To: Holly_P
What none of these articles discussed is the craftsmanship that went into this device.

By that I mean, for instance, HOW were the teeth cut? To index a device so that each tooth was identically cut implies a high degree of manufacturing sophistication. Filing each tooth by hand, no matter how carefully done, would have had enough variation to end up binding the device at the first turn.

Now times that by 30 gears of varying sizes and the marvel becomes more apparent. Whether the device was a "computer" or a calculator, it seems to me the hidden wonder is where did the smarts and technology come from to make the equipment to make this tool?

I'm even allowing here that the gear teeth were shaped like shark's teeth and not the squared off ones we are used to today. It they have the latter, which are far harder to fabricate, we have a really MAJOR puzzle on our hands.
52 posted on 11/01/2003 11:23:21 AM PST by Oatka
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To: Holly_P
Was their blue screen of death that nice sort of Royal greek blue?
53 posted on 11/01/2003 11:26:10 AM PST by Chancellor Palpatine (Dr. Hasslein was the only human character who had any sense in the "Apes" series)
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To: Holly_P
LOL That was my very first computer. It came with 16k RAM and a cassette storage drive. I was 15 years old. I figure that's primitive enough to provide a fair comparison to this ancient Greek computer.

;O)
54 posted on 11/01/2003 11:26:48 AM PST by Petronski (Living life in a minor key.)
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To: Wilhelm Tell; Holly_P
"To me it is plausible that a lot of things have been invented more than once, so why not an ancient Greek navigational device?"

Imagine what we could have learned if the library at Alexanderia hadn't burned down.

55 posted on 11/01/2003 11:27:25 AM PST by blam
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To: Holly_P
Did The Ancient Greeks Make A Computer?

And somewhere someone in HR wants to know why they can't get the latest version of Office to run on it.

56 posted on 11/01/2003 11:31:13 AM PST by MattAMiller
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To: Holly_P
>>Windows 100 B.C.?

ROTFLMAO
57 posted on 11/01/2003 11:44:56 AM PST by Future Useless Eater (Freedom_Loving_Engineer)
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To: farmfriend
Interesting--thanx for ping!
58 posted on 11/01/2003 11:45:26 AM PST by Ff--150 (we have been fed with milk, not meat)
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To: Holly_P
so now the UFO conspiracy theorists will claim computers were first given to the ancient Greeks.

(of course the ancient Greek did design the first robot)
59 posted on 11/01/2003 12:06:52 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: Holly_P
Spark Plugs of the Gods.
60 posted on 11/01/2003 12:10:24 PM PST by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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