I, I had no idea…
Renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is going to unveil a remarkable clock that has no hands and shows time with the help of light.
Known as the Corpus Clock, the machine has been invented by and designed by Dr John Taylor for Corpus Christi College Cambridge for the exterior of the college’s new library building.
The Clock will be unveiled on 19th September by Stephen Hawking, cosmologist and author of the global bestseller, A Brief History of Time.
Dr Taylor, an inventor and horologist, has put 500,000 pounds of his own money and seven years into developing the clock, which has been inspired from a design by a clock made by the legendary John Harrison, the pioneer of longitude.
Of John Harrison’s many innovations, he came up with the ‘grasshopper escapement, explained Dr Taylor, referring to the device used by Harrison to turn rotational motion into a pendulum motion for timekeeping.
No one knows how a grasshopper escapement works, so I decided to turn the clock inside out and, instead of making the escapement 35 mm across, it is 1.5 m across, he said.
More info from The Guardian on the clock.
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Don’t try taking it through security at the airport.
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A gallery of strange watches. I actually like the one pictured above:
This highly complex instrument indicates the position of the sun, the moon and the stars in the sky at any given hour as seen from our Earth. It also indicates the sunrise and sunset, dawn and dusk, moonphases, moonrise and moonset, eclipses of the sun and moon, the month , the day and the date.
Otherwise known as the best vacuum cleaner ever.