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Old 22nd Feb 2015, 07:17
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joy ride
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: UK
Age: 65
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Just because we now have very sophisticated time pieces and other equipment does not mean that we can discredit the abilities of previous generations. The Antikythera mechanism was made without the CNC lathes and milling machines which we would regard as vital to make such a fiendishly clever device.

The pulse varies slightly, but over the course of several observations a reasonably accurate average figure can be arrived at.

In the 1970s I saw an Open University programme about Galilleo and it showed the device he made for studying acceleration. I adapted it, added a chain and handle and chicks to make it into a mechanical toy, Gallinae Priemis (Spring Chickens)

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