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November 29, 2006

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The Lost Millennium

This ancient calculator is unbelievable. Second century B.C.!


And then:

Dr. Charette noted that more than 1,000 years elapsed before instruments of such complexity are known to have re-emerged. A few artifacts and some Arabic texts suggest that simpler geared calendrical devices had existed, particularly in Baghdad around A.D. 900.

Somebody I know once claimed, only half in jest, that if it wasn’t for the Dark Ages we’d have landed on the moon by like 1200. Big ol’ imperial space-galleys or something.

Posted November 29, 2006 at 4:25 | Comments (4) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted, Technosnark


Hells yeah colonize the galaxy and still speak LATIN!

Ad astra per aspera, baby!

How Euro-centric! It was the Islamic Caliphate that would have landed on the moon were it not for the Reconquista. Then again, they would have had to compete with the Han Chinese and their sky-dragons... but for the Mongols.

Not sure the Mongols, the Huns, the plague, and the Reconquista aren't all related. . .

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