Time is a remarkable and sometimes baffling concept. A minute can seem like an hour when you are waiting for the end of your shift at work or it can seem like a momentary flash when you are enjoying yourself. It has made scientists marvel and wonder at how it works, so much so that in the 15th Century there was a need to be able to map and account for the hours in each day.

First Methods To Calculate

One of the first methods to calculate the time was the Meridian that was using the Sunrise and Sunset of the day. Even the Moon could be used as a watch because there was precision with the regularity of intervals of time. The Moon and the Sun however, could not measure exact units of time. Navigators required an instrument that would allow them to be able to judge times and distances of travelling from one point to another. The introduction of John Harrison's marine chronometer triggered the invention of one of the most popular and well used inventions of all time: the watch. Up until this creation time keeping was famously unreliable. The first pocket watch to be used in every day life was created by Peter Henlein in 1524. This device was the beginnings of something quite remarkable and though it only had an hour hand (minute hands were not possible at this point as a result of their tendency to be inaccurate) it opened up a world of opportunity. To be able to tell the time changed how we live our lives today.
In history there were many methods used to measure the unit of time; some were done with candles and some with water watches which were more popular.
All those devices presented disadvantages however; in the first place they needed constant surveillance because, for example, when the candles were all burnt out it needed to be changed quickly so as not to lose any time. But probably the biggest inconvenience was that with those methods they were not a universal and unique champion of time.

Necessary For Progress

Consequently, the invention of the watch was one which was necessary for progress. The rapid development in technological advances in the 18th and 19th Century meant that pocket watches became something that many of the upper classes had access to. To be able to tell the time with precision and say with accuracy what time of the day it was, amazed the general public. It also meant that such things as train times and hours of the working day could be measured more truthfully, paving the way forward for a brighter future. The popularity of the pocket watch began to decline however, when at the beginning of the 20th Century wristwatches were invented. Up until this time pocket watches had very much been regarded as a masculine item or accessory. Now, women could wear delicate and beautifully adorned wristwatches that gave them access to controlling how their time was spent during the day.
In more recent times watches have continued to develop further and further. We now have digital displays, watches mounted on rings and you can even see what time it is on your computer screen. Such developments will surely continue, but the concept of time will remain unfathomable. How can one minute of your day seem so relentlessly

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