News Archive 2009-2018

One Cool Thing: Lego Antikythera Mechanism Archives

Bowdoin Chief Information Officer Mitch Davis offers a look at news and trends in technology, gadgets, inventions or just something worth checking out. It’s called “One Cool Thing.”

When the Antikythera mechanism was found in the Antikythera wreck around 1900, it was thought to be a clock. In 2006 it was rediscovered to be a sophisticated machine that could calculate astronomical positions. This video shows a replication of the Antikythera mechanism built entirely from Legos by Apple engineer Andrew Carol. The knowledge, manufacturing, and technology to build this device is amazing considering it was originally constructed around 100 BCE.