What is time? Who invented time? What does hrs, mins, secs actually mean? In this article you’ll find facts and history about time.
Who Invented the time, and how can time be explained?
Time wasn’t “invented”. Because time doesn’t really exist. It’s simply a human-like mechanism to control our lives. If you look at living organism other than the human one, you will find that they’re living “now”. To a cat, there’s no yesterday or tomorrow, there’s just one long life with small breaks. I will speak about this later. Of course the other organisms experience and learn from what they do like everyone else, to use the info and experience later on in their life, but you shouldn’t confuse that with having a concept of “time”.
So what is time? Time is relatively. When someone says “yesterday” you instantly think of the time that has just passed away, just before it got dark, or how one might formulate that sentence. But yesterday is not a distance from now that can be measured. The reality is right here, right now, and when you speak of yesterday, it’s the Earth rotating. There’s no measures for time, because time is not dependant of movement or spoilage. There’s only relativity. The amount that something moves compared to some standard-movements, like a watch. Eg. an hour. What does that mean? An hour means 1/24th part of a day. – or 1/24th part of the Earths revolution from this, the Earths position, compared to the Sun, when you compare it to an earlier revolution.
Who came up with the seconds, minutes and hours?
A man from china named “min-sec” came up “invented” these units. He watched a bucked of water leaking water very slowly. As he did this, he counted every drop which dropped down on a wheel which by the weight of the water would spin around. After this, another man took up this idea and customized it to a cuckoo clock. He also changed the water to be a coiled metal spring with an escapement. Then the idea came to England where precise measurements where done to match the rotation of the Earth. This happened at the place “Greenwich” which is now the place on Earth that the time begins and ends. It was also here the international date lines were agreed, and these are the ones we still have. They’re divided 1 hour east or west form London.
The first “period” was created without help from humans. It’s of course day which goes from light to dark when sunset occurs. The second period is night.
Some research tells us that the Babylons and Egyptians were some of the first societies to break down the day into useful and measure-able smaller units.
Other natural periods like months were also created by nature, yet understood by human. You look at the moon and observe it’s movement. Furthermore, the word “month” actually comes from the word “moon”.
The newer concepts like seconds, minutes and hours began when a man was able to create reliable counting tools as a improvement to the primitive light- and water-watches, which were developed by the Egyptians.
Astronomy and Astrology gave us the “years” and the modern names of the months etc.
However, it is known that many ancient civilisations like the Mayans were very adept at predicting astronomical happenings with excellent accuracy. The Mayans had their own calender which unfortunately only went to year 2012. So many people want to explain this. An explanation for this could be that the world will end this yea (which is very unrealistic). Another explanation could be that the Mayans way of counting simply didn’t allow them to count further than to year 2012. A third explanation could be that their calenders didn’t need to be that far into the future. Just like we don’t go around and do calendars which goes from year 2010 til year 3012.
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