Time to talk about Time
About a week ago, +Sreek Menon
posted a video talking about the history of time. It was an ok video... but it talked more about the technology behind time, and less about how time itself was invented. Here is an article that does a slightly better job, but it still lacks some major points in the history of time.
For example, it omits things like the metric time that came about during the French Republic. (The same people who brought us the metric calendar and the metric measurement system. Guess which of those is the only one that caught on?) Can you imagine 10 hours per day, 100 minutes per hour, and 100 seconds per minute?
Another major omission is that, until very recently, time was a purely local thing. Your local major clock (usually on town hall or a church) was adjusted so noon was when the sun was highest on a particular day of the year. This varied from town to town, of course, which caused a problem for the railroads when they started to come through - it was the railroads that invented "standard time".
It mentions that clocks didn't have minute hands, but doesn't talk about why people cared (or how long it was until they did, really). It glosses over the major role that time played in learning how to navigate the world - it was a clockmaker who solved the longitude problem, not a mariner.
We may not think of Time as an invention... but it most certainly was.
Oh, and why divide the day into 12s and 60s? Much easier way to divide things than 10s. Those metric fools really did get it wrong. But thats a debate for another... time...