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May 13, 2018 12:21PM
In June 1980, the Nobel prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, visited the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. There, to the surprise of the museum staff, he expressed a particular interest in knowing more about object number 15087. An anomaly among the rich trove of sculptures, vases, and other decorative objects, the device which drew Feynman’s attention was ‘one thing so entirely different and strange that it is nearly impossible’.1 This object with its gear trains (‘very much like the inside of a modern wind up clock’), graduated circles, and Greek lettering, we now know as the Antikythera Mechanism.

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