Category Archives: Clocks

Of mice and clocks

  In his most recent blog, Oliver Cooke discussed watches and clocks without hands as indicators. Another example is the Mouse Clock, in which a mouse making its way up against a wooden board serves as time indicator. Its designer … Continue reading

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Time in Old Bohemia

  Many thousands of people today have stood amazed in front of the Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Hall Square in Prague, but I wonder just how many have managed to make sense of the dial. In modern times, … Continue reading

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Look no hands!

  On the one hand we have looked at single-handed dials, on the other hand we have looked at some more unusual forms of indicator.  Here we will look at indicators with no hands at all. This watch has a … Continue reading

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Clock world full of cranks?

  Things turn up. Back in 2006, when David Rooney and I were researching the Standard Time Company (STC), we planned a lecture at the Guildhall library. The only surviving early clock we knew of had spent its life at … Continue reading

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Stopping the clock after death

In a previous post I included an opera scene, in which a woman mentions (sings!) that at times she stops all the clocks in her house. She dreads getting old and wants time to stand still. One reader told me … Continue reading

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An experiment in ‘florology’

  Recently, I have been looking at the role of timekeepers in the history of science and whilst reading around the pre-pendulum era, happened upon a blog-worthy experiment conducted by Athanasius Kircher (1601/2-80). Kircher, a German Jesuit polymath, applied the … Continue reading

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