In their most refined form, pendulum clocks keep astonishingly accurate time and are sensitive to the ebb and flow of the tide and even the quivering of the Earth itself. Great inventors such as Galileo, Huygens, and Kelvin devised mechanisms to maintain their even oscillations. Lesser known horologists such as John Harrison, Lord Grimthorpe, and William Shortt, also contributed greatly to the science of time-keeping. By reflecting on his own inventions and achievements, author Philip Woodward gives a highly readable and fascinating history of precision horology before the advent of atomic clocks and the quartz chip that will educate and entertain amateur horologists and scientists and engineers alike.
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An amateur horologist and retired Applied Mathematician, for many years Philip Woodward led the mathematical research team at the Royal Radar Establishment in Malvern.
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Book Description Oxford University Press. Hardback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW PRINT ON DEMAND., My Own Right Time: An Exploration of Clockwork Design, Philip Woodward, The pendulum is a constant source of interest to scientists. Great and well-known inventors such as Galileo, Huygens, and Kelvin all devised mechanisms to maintain its even oscillations. Others such as John Harrison, Lord Grimthorpe, and William Shortt are known only in horological circles but contributed as much or more over three centuries. By writing a personal account of his own inventions and achievements in horology the author involves the reader in the history of precision time-keeping before the advent of atomic clocks and the quartz chip. Escapements, the mechanisms that drive pendulums, are a delight to the geometrical mind as well as a delicate and subtle challenge to the mechanical engineer. In their most refined form pendulum clocks not only keep astonishingly accurate time they are also sensitive enough to detect the ebb and flow of tides and even the ceaseless quivering of the Earth itself. Philip Woodward's deep knowledge of and passion for time-keeping mechanisms is evident throughout this highly readable and fascinating account of precision horology. Bookseller Inventory # B9780198565222
Book Description Oxford University Press, USA, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0198565224
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Foreword Author's preface 1. A horologist in the making 2. Theory and practice 3. Choosing an escapement 4. Echoes of Hope-Jones 5. Harrison and Congreve 6. Silence for a cellist 7. Going without gears 8. Disturbed harmonic motion 9. The phase circle 10. The Shortt free pendulum 11. Aiming too high 12. W5 13. Error correction 14. Noise modulation 15. The enigma of flicker noise 16. Wallman's conjecture 17. Clockwork with a difference Bibliography Glossary Appendix. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0198565224
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0198565224
Book Description OUP Oxford, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 166 pages. 10.25x7.50x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0198565224
Book Description Oxford University Press, 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110198565224