What is the Time?

Over 30000 years ago, man had always wanted to live with
precision. He wanted to be accountable for his day. Organize wars,
ceremonies and official gatherings at a particular time but there was
no uniformity. He had to observe the rotation of the heavenly bodies
(the moon and planets) to "inaccurately" predict time.


So, necessity, the mother of Invention came to play and man had to
invent so many time measuring tools.


The Oil lamps came first. The Chinese monks used oil lamps whose oil
consumption could be measured with time. Thus, time was predicted on
the consumption level of the oil input.


Then, Candle clocks came in line. They are candles that have been
graduated, so with time as the candle melts, the time can be
predicted.


The Water clocks, Sun dials and Hour glasses are later predictions of
time. The question still remains an issue of accuracy however.



So what's this precision about?




We want accuracy as time is very
useful to man.


Today, thank heavens for mechanical clocks which though large sized,
it still ensures accuracy. I thank heavens more for the quartz clocks
for today,
I can say the time is 1:08pm (GMT 1) on the 26th of October, 2016.






Araromi Oluwatobi Emmanuel is an undergraduate of the Department of
Biochemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. He is a member of
The NELOC team.

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