Antikythera Mechanism of Legos

Legos were one of my favorite toys. Getting a new Lego set was like discovering a pirate treasure, dreams became reality, of a certain scale. I remember when the “expert builder” sets became available. Now there were gears, racks and pinions, even differential mechanisms. Never did I know how far these sets could go until I discovered this video. It shows a reconstruction of the Antikythera Mechanism. You’ll remember from watching the History Channel that the device was discovered by divers off an island in Greece. It was later determined to be a tool to predict celestial events. Now you can see how it works, courtesy of a brilliant engineer and his Legos.

Amazing, no? Absolutely. It is fascinating to watch, especially from a Lego aficionado like myself. Imagine what you can teach yourself using these “toys.”

Published in: on December 13, 2010 at 10:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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