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Throughout history mankind has been absorbed with understanding the concept of time.
Throughout history mankind has been absorbed with understanding the concept of time. We have developed all kinds of devices to tell the time but the “tick” of all these is the rhythms of the universe – the daily and yearly movement of the sun, the monthly movement of the moon and, more recently, the buzz of the quartz and caesium atoms.
We have developed all kinds of device to tell the time – using the stars, sundials, our shadows, clepsydra (water clocks), mechanical clocks and watches, burning timers, sand glasses, bells, electronics and our fundamental biological clocks. Such is our interest in the subject that craftsmen have always found commissions to create beautiful time telling things. The lecture looks at all these devices and many more. It charts how their use has risen and fallen as history, fashion and technology have progressed.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mr Kevin Karney
Studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, VSO teacher in Borneo, and worked across the world as an underground engineer. Now a magistrate in Gwent. Has had a life-long interest in the history of timekeeping and cosmology, and in sundials in particular, as objects of art, craft and science. His specialist topic is the Equation of Time. Lectured on various aspects of sundials in UK and USA, including to the British Sundial and North American Sundial Societies. Publications include articles in the journals of both these societies.