On the birth and growth of pendulum clocks in the Early on the History Modern Era

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Abstract

Measuring the passage of time has intrigued humankind throughout thecenturies. Ancient times witnessed the appearance and development of clepsydrasand water clocks, whose place was subsequently taken by mechanical clocks in theMiddle Ages. It is really surprising how the general architecture of mechanicalclocks has remained almost unchanged in practice up to the present time. Yet theforemost mechanical developments in clock-making date from the 17th century,when the discovery of the laws of pendular isochronism by Galilei and Huygenspermitted a higher degree of accuracy in the measuring of time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssays on the history of mechanical engineering
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Mechanical Engineering

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