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Invention Of Clocks: Time To Read Time-Telling Tool

Invention Of Clocks: Time To Read Time-Telling Tool


A Clock is a device used to verify, measure and show the time. The Clocks are the finest (and perhaps, at times the most-limiting) invention of humankind (and the mind). But have you ever wondered how the Clocks was born?

1. Initially, the time shown by the Sundial displayed the position of a shadow on a horizontal surface like the hourglass.


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2. Traditionally, in Horology, a Striking Clock was used as the term ‘Clock’, while a clock that did not stop the hours audibly known as a timepiece.


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3. Next development happened in 1656 by Christiaan Huygens: the invention of a Pendulum Clock.

4. In 1840, the first Electric Clock that used electric current was patented by Alexander Bain, a Scottish man. Electronic Clocks in the 20th century became popular with the growth of little battery-powered semiconductor machines.

First Electric Clock

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5. Analog Clocks show time with a traditional clock face and running hands.

6. Digital Clocks present a numeric representation of time.Today, two numbering methods are in use: 24-hour time notation and 12-hour notation. Most electronic devices and LCD, LED, or VFD displays use Digital Clock systems these days.

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7. For the blind and telephones, Speaking Clocks state the time audibly in words. Some Clocks can be read by touch for the blind.

8. Around the 16th century in Egypt, a Water Clocks came into existence.

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9. During the time 1280 and 1320, in Europe, the mention/reference of Clocks and Horloges in church-records peaked. This probably indicates the division of a new type of Clock mechanism.


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10. During the 15th century, Spring Clocks arrived. Although they are often believed to be the creation of Nuremberg Watchmaker Peter Henlein (in around 1511).

Spring Clocks

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The oldest Clock or timekeeping device is a Sundial (or the Sanku) mentioned in the Katyayana-Sulbasutra (5th century BCE) and Kautilya’s Arthashastra (3rd century BCE)–Indian Literature. The tales tell about how Kautilya told kings to divide their days and nights into eight equal parts.

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