How time was told throughout the ages
Throughout history, mankind has been absorbed with understanding the concept of Time and we have used the ‘tick-tock’ of nature (whether the cycles of sun, stars, moon, or the vibrations of the atom) to develop devices to tell WHEN things should happen. All kinds of other things (whether the flowing of water, the burning of wax or the falling of sand) have been used to tell HOW LONG things should take. A third class of things (bells, guns, or alarm clocks) has alerted us to the NOW – to get something done. As civilization has progressed, the social context of who needed to tell the time - whether civic leaders, the church, merchants or individuals - has varied dramatically. Equally, there has been a continuing drive towards greater accuracy, driven by the needs of navigators, commerce and scientists. But a significant feature of time-telling has been our perception of the transience of our own lives. This appears to have resulted in two things. Firstly, time-telling devices have always been produced with exceptional intricacy, craftsmanship and beauty. Secondly, while poets understand time, philosophers and scientists have struggled.
The lecture looks at all the various time-telling devices and charts, in four chapters, how their use has risen and fallen as history, fashion and technology have progressed.
Continuing Professional Development
This event can contribute towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as part of the IET's CPD monitoring scheme.
20 Sep 2021
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Hereford and Worcester Local Network
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Kevin Karney, son of an Anglican clergyman, was brought up in Northumberland and educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge. He holds a Masters degree in Natural Sciences.
After two years as a VSO teacher in North Borneo, he worked for 33 years in oil business in Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, Nigeria, the Netherlands and the UK. He retired as a senior technical executive with Shell International. Since retirement, he has involved himself in charity work and as a Magistrate in Gwent - sitting on both the Adult and Family Benches.
His prime interests are the history of time telling, historical cosmology and sundials. He has lectured widely on these subjects in this country, US, Australia and New Zealand to both specialist and general audiences.
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Questions and Answers 20:30 approx
How Time was told throughout the Ages
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