Monday, November 16, 2009

Decimal Time

I've been reading a fair amount about the history of time-keeping devices over the past year and one of the things I've most enjoyed coming across is the history of attempts to introduce a decimal system for measuring time. During the French Revolution, for instance, there was a short-lived attempt to introduce a base-10 system for measuring time, but "faced with massive public resistance, Napolean killed time decimalization in a deal cut with the Roman Catholic Church" (Peter Galison, "Einstein's Clocks", p. 153). I took the picture above at the Clockmaker's Museum in London last spring. London in general is a real mecca for clock fans.

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