To mark the launch of Digital Science, we’ve produced a short movie in collaboration with our colleagues at Nature Video. The idea came from a meeting with Andrew Carol, one of the many remarkable guests at this year’s Science Foo Camp. It has nothing directly to do with our projects, but it chimes with our philosophy and aims. The video pays homage to the oldest know scientific computer, the Antikythera Mechanism, adding a modern spin with stop-motion animation and Lego building blocks (yes, Lego). It serves as a vivid celebration of human technological and scientific ingenuity through the ages. Beyond that, well … it’s just wonderfully cool (in a geeky kind of way). We hope you enjoy it.

And for those who like DVD extras, here’s some background footage showing how the movie was made.

For more on the history of the Antikythera Mechanism, check out the latest from Jo Marchant in Nature. Many thanks to Andrew Carroll, John Pavlus of Small Mammal, and Adam Rutherford at Nature for putting this together. The video is available under a CC-BY-3.0 Unported license.