Timekeeping 101

Louxor Obelisk, Paris - March 19, 2005 (cropped and slightly rotated) Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux in Wikipediaor…How Humans Kept Time – a history

Most animal keeps some sort of schedule, albeit a very basic one. Nocturnal animals sleep during the day and hunt and play during the night while diurnal creatures sleep during the night (like humans for example). However, the history of clocks began once humans created civilizations – thousands of years ago. Their desire for order required more punctuality than biology allowed.

THE SUN – one of the oldest tools for keeping time

The history of clocks stretches back many millennia. Ancient people used the sun as early as 5500 years ago. Egyptians built obelisks as a sort of giant sundial, and the shadows that it created under the sun’s glare allowed users to read time.

By about 800 A.D., the first mechanical clocks began to appear with new innovations being introduced to make these clocks more accurate. If truth be told, the sundials and water clocks were more accurate than the early mechanical clocks Continue reading

The Tick-Tock Sounds of Pendulum Clocks

Gear of pendulum clockPendulum clocks are some of the earliest and most accurate time pieces ever developed. Many major obstacles had to be overcome before the Pendulum clocks became useful, hundreds of years ago. That famous tick-tock sound goes back to the days of pendulum clocks maintaining time in an old grandfather clock, or tall-case clock as they are known, which supplied power to the clock’s movement before the use of electricity and batteries, and after the time that water was used to drive clocks. Continue reading