[ntp:questions] A Clock That Runs for 10,000 Years

Folkert van Heusden folkert at vanheusden.com
Wed Oct 19 14:00:50 UTC 2005

Read on slashdot:
"Discover magazine is running an article about a clock designed to run
accurately for 10,000 years. It's essentially a "future-proof" clock
that blurs the line between art and functionality through advanced
engineering. From the article: 'Everything about this clock is deeply
unusual. For example, while nearly every mechanical clock made in the
last millennium consists of a series of propelled gears, this one uses a
stack of mechanical binary computers capable of singling out one moment
in 3.65 million days. Like other clocks, this one can track seconds,
hours, days, and years. Unlike any other clock, this one is being
constructed to keep track of leap centuries, the orbits of the six
innermost planets in our solar system, even the ultraslow wobbles of
Earth's axis.'"

Folkert van Heusden

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