All You Know About Time
Did the Babylonians start our use of the number 60? Is that why there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 360 degrees to make a full circle? According to a BBC Podcast (listen here), they found this number to be extremely convenient in terms of dividing, and that is the reason for it’s prevalence in todays measurements. The podcast also discuses the origins of a number of other time keeping devices.
For example, did you know that although Galileo claims to have invented the pendulum, he has not been known to ever successfully create a pendulum clock.
The sun dial has been a very popular way to keep time through history, but would you believe that pots like this this were also one of the ways people kept time before modern clocks?
Early Chinese records say, “time was defined as how long it takes to burn an incense stick.” These are just a few of the fascinating devices discussed in this podcast. Give it a listen!