Archaic Mechanism

Post updated from 2/2/15
Post updated from 9/17/12

Buried deep in our earth are things that have yet to be discovered.  Things have been lost to time. Every so often someone finds a little bit of history that shines a little more light into the shadowed past of humanity. The dead sea scrolls, ship wrecks, Pharoses tombs, dinosaur skeletons, even perfectly preserved woolly mammoths. With each discovery we learn more and more about what happened before we were born. Each of us has our own perception of history. Some believe the earth is only a few thousand years old, some think it’s millions, billions even. But there is usually a consensus about certain things in the more recent past. The first rocket to the moon was launched on a certain date – there is proof, video, pictures, and millions of witnesses that are still alive today.

As we go further into the past is where things get fuzzy. People start to disagree about what really happened – but why is that? What makes one person believe one version – and someone else something totally different – when they are presented with the same information? This fascinates me because I have been struggling with something that challenges what has previously been accepted as historic. This book is about something and someone who was out of their place in history. This book is about Discovering things weren’t thought to be possible until recently – but are from 500 years ago.

In 1900 a strange object was found by sponge divers in a ship wreck near the Greek Island of Crete. They didn’t really know what it was, and after a hundred years we still don’t completely understand it. What we do know is that is an “analogue computer” – something not known to be created until the 14th century. We also know that is able to calculate astronomical positions with almost modern day accuracy.  It has been dated to over 2000 years ago.

 Professor Michael Edmunds of Cardiff University said about the Antikythera mechanism:

 "This device is just extraordinary, the only thing of its kind. The design is beautiful, the astronomy is exactly right. The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop. Whoever has done this has done it extremely carefully ... in terms of historic and scarcity value, I have to regard this mechanism as being more valuable than the Mona Lisa."

This book is about how I discovered that the Mona Lisa is like the Antikythera Mechanism. She is out of place in history- she is not supposed to be there. Well, she is but how she was – is a completely different story.

My very first theory was *Spoiler alert* that she is in 3D: Something that wasn’t thought to be discovered until around 100 years ago by Carl Pulfrich. So if my theory is correct it means that Carl wasn’t the first – but Leonardo was- 400 years earlier.

If you don’t know much about da Vinci, you might think it’s far fetched to believe he discovered something so advanced so long ago, right? Remember those sponge divers? Leonardo was the first to design suites to let people breathe underwater. He also designed shoes that would let people walk on water. The first car? The first robot? The first tank? The first plane? – All Leonardo’s inventions! So why didn’t we realize this sooner? Because his notebooks weren’t available until hundreds of years later – his knowledge wasn’t lost, it was in suspended animation. That was until now...."


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