Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Timepieces - between invention and progress
Since the invention of time, man has created objects and tools for telling and reading it. Hourglasses, sundials, clocks and watches have all helped tell time. With technological evolution new innovative ways for telling time emerge. We now have unprecedented tools, materials and productions techniques to produce timepieces which push the technological limits.
The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to consistently measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day; the lunar month; and the year. Devices operating on several different physical processes have been used over the millennia, culminating in the clocks of today.
The history of timekeeping and the inventions of watches and clocks is a long one. Telling time has been a concern from man's earliest recorded history. Man's development of the modern day watch and clock is a remarkable story.