Monthly Archives: February 2014

…on the other hand

  On the one hand we have simple, easy to use, single-handed dials.  On the other hand, some dials are not so straightforward.   This clock has “fly-back” or “retrograde” hands.  The hands proceed clockwise as usual but when they … 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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Graveyards, clocks and bombs

Things end up in graveyards at the end of their lives, but monuments to the passing of much else can be found in other locations. I live in West Norwood, home to one of the ‘magnificent seven’ London cemeteries.   … Continue reading

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