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"Nova" Ancient Computer (2013)

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Nova: Season 40: Episode 14 -- 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.


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Original Air Date:
3 April 2013 (Season 40, Episode 14)
The arms and faces of ancient statuary litter the seabed at the site of a shipwreck off the coast of Greece... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Marvelous documentary about a mysterious geared mechanism See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast)
Mike Edmunds ... Himself
Tony Freeth ... Himself
Roger Hadland ... Himself
Alexander Jones ... Himself
Dimitris Kourkoumelis ... Himself

Jay O. Sanders ... Himself - Narrator
John Steele ... Himself
Panagiotis Tselekas ... Himself
Michael Wright ... Himself
Mary Zafeiropoulou ... Herself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Beckham  (as Mike Beckham)
Produced by
Paula Apsell .... executive producer
Michael Beckham .... producer (as Mike Beckham)
Laurie Cahalane .... coordinating producer
Patrick Carey .... associate producer
David Condon .... development producer
Julia Cort .... senior producer
Ivan Hadingham .... producer
Pamela Rosenstein .... development producer
Chris Schmidt .... senior producer
Melanie Wallace .... senior series producer
Production Management
Patrick Carey .... post-production manager
Andreas Economakis .... production manager
Nathan Gunner .... post-production manager
Gloria Morris .... production manager
Art Department
Tony Freeth .... graphics
Tyler Howe .... senior designer
Sound Department
John Jenkins .... sound mixer
Tim Watts .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Tsimperopoulos .... steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Michael H. Amundson .... post-production on-line editor
Tim De Chant .... digital editor
Spencer Gentry .... post-production on-line editor
Enge Gray .... colorist
Rebecca Nieto .... post-production editor
Rob Tinworth .... additional editing
Music Department
Ray Loring .... music theme
John Luker .... music theme
Rob Morsberger .... music theme
Walter Werzowa .... music theme
Other crew
Lauren Aguirre .... media director (as Lauren S. Aguirre)
Kristine Allington .... project coordinator
Kate Becker .... researcher
Julia Behar .... finance and business affairs
Elizabeth Benjes .... business manager
Linda Callahan .... production coordinator
Eileen Campion .... publicist
Rachel Connolly .... education director
Allison Eck .... production assistant
Jacqui Edwards .... archival researcher
Linzy Emery .... compliance manager
Sarah Erlandson .... paralegal
Janice Flood .... talent relations
Brittany N. Flynn .... production assistant
Rachel Gesserman .... educational coordinator
Ivan Hadingham .... senior science editor
Dan Hart .... developer
Scott Kardel .... talent relations
Karen Laverty .... publicist
Maiken Lilley .... educational coordinator
Victoria Louie .... publicist
Alan Ritsko .... managing director
Kristen Sommerhalter .... administrator

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Condon  development producer
Daniel Hart  developer
Mark Hobson  (episode "Orangutan - Man of the Forest")
Alan Kwan  developer
Lisa Leombruni  development associate
Tacita Morway  developer

Produced by
D.J. Roller .... producer (one episode)
Original Music by
James Yannatos 
Cinematography by
Sam Henriques (lighting cameraman) (multiple episodes)
D.J. Roller (multiple episodes)
Sound Department
G. John Garrett .... production sound mixer (multiple episodes) (1985-)
Rob Whitehurst .... sound recordist (1992-)
Other crew
Gary Martyn .... production assistant
Sallie McGuire Nicholas .... production assistant

Additional Details

53 min
Sound Mix:


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous documentary about a mysterious geared mechanism, 24 August 2013
Author: Marta from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Nova is an excellent series no matter what they do, but this episode deserves to be at the top of their "best" list. Discovered in the sunken hold of an ancient Roman galleon in about 1900, the Antikythera mechanism has baffled and intrigued anyone who read about it over the past century. I've been reading about it since I was small, and always wondered exactly what it was made to do, and who made it.

These are questions that you would think couldn't be answered today, but the Nova special gives us many answers about the mechanism, and it is a fascinating 60 minutes. I could say the mechanism has become an obsession of mine, and throughout this documentary we meet people who are also obsessed with it. Their observations on the mechanism are fascinating, and show why PBS and Nova are important to our lives. They bring our history and our world into sharper focus, and without public television the world would be much less than it currently is.

This is a documentary that should be seen by all. It shows just how the ancient Greeks, and in particular one ancient Greek genius, tried to make sense of the sky and earth around them. Archaeologists, astronomers, mathematicians, mechanical engineers, and historians all have a part in the story of the Antikythera device, and this Nova production brings them all together to tell us the wonderful trail of events that led up to their eventual understanding of what the mechanism was, and how it worked. Great stuff that is not to be missed.

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