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Antikythera Mechanism Article at the Smithsonian

Antikythera Mechanism
NAMA Machine d’Anticythère 1“. Licensed under CC BY 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons.

I loved reading about the Antikythera Mechanism years ago in the flawed but interesting Fingerprints Of The Gods written by Graham Hancock. A recent post from the Smithsonian piqued my interest and suggests that the clock had gears which represented all the visible planets. Check out the article over at the Smithsonian Online.

Playing with an Arduino

An Arduino and LCD
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Many moons ago, a young technologist would have perhaps seen the odd sci-fi movie, stared in wonder at a robot of some kind and pondered, “how can I make that?” A short conversation with an elder later, they might have found themselves entrusted with a copy of the Maplin’s catalogue, marvelled at the future hinted at on the cover and leafed through it to be assailed by myriad arcane serial numbers to byzantine artefacts whose purpose could only be guessed. If that young person were very lucky they would have someone to show them at least the first steps on a path towards creating an electronic automaton. The vast majority would however have none of this, as shown by the dearth of Engineers Britain is creating, electronic or otherwise. Fast forward twenty or so years, and the conversation becomes:

Here is an Arduino, contained in this box is everything that you need to know to start creating electronics which could help you understand the world.

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