Dorrin K Mace, Horologost

Dorrin K Mace, Horologost
The Clock Man in a pensive moment

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

HOROLOGY: The Science of Time

Humans have been measuring time since the beginning of civilizations all over the world. There are almost as many calendars as there are major cultures in the world. Ever since world travel made the world a smaller place, there has been a need for international agreement as to how time is measured. Without a universally agreed upon measure of time, how can we coordinate our schedules with people in other parts of the country, or the world? 

Back in 1878, Canadian Sir Sanford Fleming proposed the system of worldwide time zones that we still use today. He recommended that the world be divided into twenty-four time zones, each spaced 15 degrees of longitude apart. Since the earth rotates once every 24 hours and there are 360 degrees of longitude, each hour the earth rotates one-twenty-fourth of a circle or 15° of longitude. However, with the advent of technology and the Internet, there is a new push for a more standardized, absolute measure of time that would make time truly universal. 

The ticking of a clock can impart many and varied emotions with people.  For some the ticking is a syncopated rhythm that imparts a calming affect on the body and soul.  The sound is relaxing and soothing.

For some a clock ticking is a disturbance, a reminder of what has not been completed, what is yet to come, and the impending end.  The tick-tock sound of a clock is a bothersome background noise that needs to be quieted.

For me, the ticking of a clock is a calming sound that breaks the silence in the home.  It is an enjoyable sound while working keeping you aware of your surroundings, keeping an order in the processes of the day; Keeping you aware so as to not get lost in oneself.

The sound of a clock working has been described as a symphony, this is true.  When you listen to a timepiece operating you can hear the escapement engaging and releasing, you can hear the chimes as they arm, you can hear the parts of the movement as they carry out their job.  
I love the sound of a clock operating, it makes me happy.
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