Re: clocks (was Webelos/Camporee 2)
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Mon, 26 May 1997 15:57:03 -0500
>> Incidentally, clocks run clockwise (to the right) because the earth's
>> rotation - when viewed from above the North Pole - is clockwise.
>This sounds like hemispherist thinking. What about clocks of those who
>live in Southern latitudes?
They run counter clockwise, don't they?
I don't know for sure, but I suspect that the early clock makers in the
1200s didn't know much about the earth's rotation from the north pole. I'd
guess that clocks run the way they do because if you pick up a sundial the
numbers go the same way as on a clock face. The early clock makers just
used the dial they were familiar with.
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