7 Things You Didn’t Know About Clocks
Big Ben, one of the most famous clocks in the world, isn’t actually a clock. Big Ben refers to the bell inside of the clock tower. The clock itself is St. Stephens tower.
The first mechanical clock was not built in Europe in the middle ages. It was actually built by Su Song, a Chinese inventor in 1088 AD. A giant clock tower, it contained a working version of the astronomical sky, and was used by the Chinese Emperor to predict the future.
A clock is only a clock if it has some device which chimes at a regular interval, such as at every hour. If it does not have a chime then it is known as a timepiece.
The implementation of daylight savings is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Franklin’s contribution was actually just a satirical letter published in Paris, calling on the people of France to save candles by waking everyone at dawn with cannons and church bells. It was actually invented by William Willett, who wrote and published his proposal as a reaction to having to cut his golf game short at dusk.
Clocks do not actually measure time, because time does not exist. Time is just the amount of action that can happen during any other action. Clocks just provide a steady stream of action, ticking, against which you can measure how long other things take.
The word clock comes from the Latin word cloca, which means bell. Before this word was used, timepieces in medieval Europe were called horologia, which is derived from the Greek words for time and to tell.
The first record we have of a minute hand being used on a clock comes from Almanus Manuscript of Brother Paul, which was written in 1475
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