March 24, 2016
Shipwreck Yields Secret to First Computer 2,000 Years Ago
[Don't know when this feature will be rebroadcast. Check with local PBS schedule.]
Scientists decide it was Archimedes who invented the first computer with accurate ability to predict sun and moon eclipses. Prime numbers play a role. One more contribution from the ancient Greeks, though Archimedes lived in Syracuse in Sicily.
52:51Aired: 04/03/13Rating: TV-G
A Greek shipwreck holds the remains of an intricate bronze machine that turns out to be the world’s first computer.