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Thursday, November 30, 2006

Travelling at the speed of Wikipedia

Upon reading the New Scientist article about the Antikythera mechanism's purpose it occurred to me to wonder whether it was mentioned in Wikipedia. In the time that it took for me to:
  • locate the appropriate article,
  • notice that it went straight from the abacus to Schickard's mechanical calculators without mentioning the Antikythera mechanism and
  • work out how to add a discussion section to suggest adding a reference to the Antikythera mechanism,
someone else had come along and added a paragraph on the mechanism to the article itself!

Amazing.