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Ancient Computer

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world's first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.
Statement of Responsibility: Images First in association with ERT, Arte and NHK ; written, produced and directed by Mike Beckham
Title: Ancient computer
Country of Producing Entity: United States Greece Japan
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 60 min.) : DVD video, sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, stereo
laser optical, NTSC
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
Event: Originally broadcast by PBS Apr. 3, 2013
Summary: An unpromising lump of metal found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck turns out to be an extraordinary treasure: the world's first computer. NOVA follows the ingenious detective work that painstakingly discovered the truth about the ancient Greek device: it was an astonishingly sophisticated astronomical calculator and eclipse predictor, unrivaled until the era of modern science and believed to be from the workshop of Archimedes.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; stereo., NTSC
DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation; stereo., NTSC
DVD
Other Language: Subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
Subject Headings: Computers History Antiquities
Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Nonfiction television programs
Historical television programs
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Computers
Antiquities
Alternate Title: Nova (Television program)
Publisher No: NOVA6253
ISBN: 9781608837984
Branch Call Number: DVD 004 A
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Jan 03, 2014
  • Pegasos rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent documentary about the discovery and reverse engineering of this advanced complex machine build by the ancient Greeks.

Aug 11, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see.

May 25, 2013
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Compelling documentary about an artifact retrieved from a Greek shipwreck a century ago, a corroded metallic object that baffled experts for years. The documentary follows current day experts using technology and reverse engineering to explore the secrets of what was in fact an mechanized device, a thousand years or more ahead of its time. History, engineering, math, and science are all explored, and the various expert commentary brings with it an enthusiasm for the subject that keeps the audience engaged.

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Aug 11, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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