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Using Computation to Decode the First Known Computer
July 2011 (vol. 44 no. 7)
pp. 32-39
Michael Edmunds, Cardiff University
Tony Freeth, Antikythera Mechanism Research Project
Researchers have used many different kinds of software to analyze the structure and astronomical functions of the Antikythera mechanism's surviving fragments. This ancient Greek calculator contains 30 gear wheels and has an extraordinarily sophisticated mechanical design.

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Index Terms:
Computational archaeology, Antikythera mechanism, History of computing, History of technology, History of astronomy, Computed tomography
Michael Edmunds, Tony Freeth, "Using Computation to Decode the First Known Computer," Computer, vol. 44, no. 7, pp. 32-39, July 2011, doi:10.1109/MC.2011.134
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