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  • Nova Ancient Computer (Season 40, Episode 9)
  • TV-G
    TV Episode | 53 min | Documentary

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Ancient Computer (Season 40, Episode 9)
TV-G
TV Episode | 53 min | Documentary

The arms and faces of ancient statuary litter the seabed at the site of a shipwreck off the coast of Greece. But that's not the most interesting find. Encrusted with over 2,000 years of mineral deposits are highly engineered gears clearly ...See moreThe arms and faces of ancient statuary litter the seabed at the site of a shipwreck off the coast of Greece. But that's not the most interesting find. Encrusted with over 2,000 years of mineral deposits are highly engineered gears clearly visible as part of a mysterious device dating back to about 50 BCE. Using X-ray technology and working off of the realization that the gears' teeth are prime numbers relating to astronomy, the device is revealed to be the earliest known computer used for predicting eclipses and demonstrating planetary motion. Written by B J Hall See less
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Director
Michael Beckham (as Mike Beckham)
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Michael Beckham (as Mike Beckham)
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Updated Apr 3, 2013

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Apr 3, 2013 (United States)

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10 cast members
Name Known for
Mike Edmunds
Self - Astronomer Self - Astronomer   See fewer
Tony Freeth
Self - Mathematician Self - Mathematician   See fewer
Panagiotis Tselekas
Self - Coin Expert Self - Coin Expert   See fewer
Dimitris Kourkoumelis
Self - Archaelogist Self - Archaelogist   See fewer
Alexander Jones
Self - Historian of Ancient Astronomy Self - Historian of Ancient Astronomy   See fewer
Roger Hadland
Self - X-ray Engineer Self - X-ray Engineer   See fewer
Michael Wright
Self - Mechanical Engineer Self - Mechanical Engineer   See fewer
Mary Zafeiropoulou
Self - Senior Archaeologist Self - Senior Archaeologist   See fewer
John Steele
Self - Historian of Babylonian Astronomy Self - Historian of Babylonian Astronomy   See fewer
Jay O. Sanders
Self - Narrator (voice) Self - Narrator (voice)   See fewer
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