The Keeping of Time

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Time is an immutable force that has changed the fabric of society to this day. As Galileo said “Measure what is measurable, and make measurable what is not so.” (Galileo 1-5.) Meaning that anything is meant to be measured, including time. Businesses need certain traits to be successful; the most prominent of these is the keeping of accurate time measurements, which creates organized schedules to construct a prosperous business. (Galileo.)

The first occasion time was measured in the most simple of ways goes back all the way to B.C.E. with sun dials. It was only until Galileo decided to measure time more than just looking at the sun for time of day. Galileo thought of the idea of the pendulum a device used to measure time. Though the pendulum was not very accurate, the very idea of one began the revolution of time. The pendulum works by using gravity to propel the object on the end side to side keeping a constant beat, the ticking you hear in a clock is typically caused by one of these pendulums. As more and more scientists began tinkering with the concept of time, the accuracy of it greatly improved, soon after business began to prosper and the first idea of capitalism was created. One of the very first portable “time keeping instruments” known today as a watch was created in 1504 by a German named Peter Henlein. Though this watch was not very accurate, it was the pioneer for something nearly every human being uses every day. The very first minute hand to make clocks even more accurate was invented in 1577 by a man named Jost Burgi (insert quote here). By this time period more and larger businesses sprang up, and people became to schedule and organize their life much more. (Gascoigne: Matthews.)

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