Why Invent a Mechanical Clock?

What benefits did medieval Europe derive from inventing the mechanical clock?

The mechanism of the old clock the clock tower
The mechanism of the old clock the clock tower

Imagine yourself a ruler of some medieval kingdom or empire. What benefits would accrue to your kingdom from developing the art of clockmaking? After all, you have sundials and sandglass already. Something like a musket, plow, or wheels have more obvious advantages. With muskets…

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Erik Engheim

Erik Engheim

Geek dad, living in Oslo, Norway with passion for UX, Julia programming, science, teaching, reading and writing.