Monday, May 10

Stephen Hawking - Watch Maker

Stephen Hawking is widely known as that weird looking dude in the wheelchair with the Robot Voice who is so smart he could probably de-pants you by simply completing a simple random probability equation on why it sucks to be you.

This is one smart dude. And to further his smarty-pants resume, Stephen Hawking built a new kind of clock. A clock with no hands and no numbers that cost £1 million to build. I'm not sure how much that is in REAL money, but I'm sure it's still a lot.

So why is this clock so smart? And why did it cost so much to make? And why is there a giant, creepy grasshopper from hell sitting on top of it?

Here's how it works. "Unlike conventional clocks, the Corpus Clock does not use hands or digital numbers. Instead it uses a series of 60 slits cut into the face, each six degrees apart, which light up to show the time. The seconds are counted down by each step of the mechanical insect who crawls around the disc edged like a lizard's spine. Its movement triggers blue flashing lights which dart across the clock-face, running in concentric circles to mark passing seconds before pausing at the correct hour and minute."

Not sure why they needed to spend so much time and money on it. I'm not saying this isn't a great achievement. It's like putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. Sure, it took a lot of time and effort, and the finished product looks great. I'm just not sure what the point is. My regular ol' digital Casio works just fine.

But I'm sure that when Stephen Hawking asked Corpus Christi College for a million Europe dollars to build a time machine, they didn't ask questions. I know I wouldn't have. But they probably should have at least clarified that by "time machine" he actually meant a machine that tells you what time it is. Not an 80's phone booth or a pimped out Delorean. But all the same, I'm sure CCC loves their new bug clock. do you tell the time on this thing again?

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