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The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« on: May 22, 2014, 12:54:54 PM »
I just found this and thought it was pretty neat. Since I didn't find it with search I thought I would share.  Notice how you can see time that has already passed in the spheres, and the green color reminds me of tritium. If I missed it somewhere, apologies up front.

_http://www.europa-center-berlin.de/en/the-sights/the-clock-of-flowing-time.html

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Don't you know you can actually see time, well at least at the Europa Center in Berlin thanks to Frenchman Bernard Gitton, who designed and built the Uhr der flie├čenden Zeit or 'Clock of Flowing Time' in 1982. The 13m high clock stretched across three whole floors, giving as face to time with the help of liquid in 12 large and 30 oblate small glass spheres.

The small spheres show the minutes. Each of them fills within two minutes, meaning that by the time all 30 have been filled a complete hour has passed. Past hours remain visible by counting the number of large spheres, which are filled. If ten large spheres and 15 small spheres are filled, then the time is 10.30 am or 10.30 pm, depending on whether it is before or after midday.
If 60 minutes are up so that 30 of the small spheres are filled, then their contents flows into the corresponding large sphere which represents the hour and the cycle starts again with the small spheres. At 1.00 am and 1.00 pm the entire system, except for the current hour sphere, is emptied and the cycle for the complete clock and the large sphere starts again. The flow of the neon green liquid inside the clock is controlled by a violet-coloured pendulum, which is driven by the flow of water in the upper basin.


video here: _https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OozXWulspM







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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2014, 07:16:29 PM »
Hi Cyndi, and thanks for sharing.

Actually, measuring time with the flow of liquid (usually water originally) is one of the oldest methods of time keeping. The Greek word for it is clepsydra.

Apparently, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis has one too, made by the same Bernard Gitton as the one you found. He also made similar installations in British Columbia, Denmark and Brazil, according to his wiki page.

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_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_clock
_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_clock_%28Indianapolis%29
_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Children%27s_Museum_of_Indianapolis
_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Gitton
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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014, 02:38:13 AM »
On a more curious note, the first ever  pulsar clock was installed in St. Catherine's Church in Gdansk Poland ( formally the free city of Danzig) in 2011.

_http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsar_clock
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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2014, 02:03:14 PM »
On a more curious note, the first ever  pulsar clock was installed in St. Catherine's Church in Gdansk Poland ( formally the free city of Danzig) in 2011.

Sorry Cyndi, I'm not sure what you mean by that comment (in bold). Could you elaborate?
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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2014, 03:25:47 PM »
On a more curious note, the first ever  pulsar clock was installed in St. Catherine's Church in Gdansk Poland ( formally the free city of Danzig) in 2011.

Sorry Cyndi, I'm not sure what you mean by that comment (in bold). Could you elaborate?


Sure sorry. I posted to quick. It makes more sense to see post here, which is where this should have went to begin with. I get excited and hasty sometimes...still working on that.


See here: http://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php/topic,4615.msg494787.html#msg494787

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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2014, 04:00:29 PM »
On a more curious note, the first ever  pulsar clock was installed in St. Catherine's Church in Gdansk Poland ( formally the free city of Danzig) in 2011.

Sorry Cyndi, I'm not sure what you mean by that comment (in bold). Could you elaborate?


Sure sorry. I posted to quick. It makes more sense to see post here, which is where this should have went to begin with. I get excited and hasty sometimes...still working on that.


See here: http://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php/topic,4615.msg494787.html#msg494787

The way I am reading PoB's question, it has nothing to do with what topic this should be under, but what do you mean by that bolded part in your post.  You did not answer that at all.
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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 04:06:26 PM »
Well, I directed everyone to the other thread which has many references to the Tribe of Dan.  As I said, I totally got too hasty and put this here before I went and dug even further. I was making the connection here and it did not belong here, as it makes no sense out of context. If it would be easier to delete all from here please do so.  Sorry for the confusion.




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Re: The Clock of Flowing Time - Europa Center
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014, 06:04:32 PM »
Well, I directed everyone to the other thread which has many references to the Tribe of Dan.  As I said, I totally got too hasty and put this here before I went and dug even further. I was making the connection here and it did not belong here, as it makes no sense out of context. If it would be easier to delete all from here please do so.  Sorry for the confusion.

Not to mention that there is a significant difference between "formally" and "formerly", don't you think?

Perhaps you should slow down a bit and think through your ideas before posting? Not every connection made by our brains are valid and we all try to do at least some research before sharing whatever comes to mind. The signal-to-noise ratio, remember?
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