Sunday, September 21, 2008

Counting out time

For all those investors caught in the dilemma of whether to buy gold or art, why not buy both, then give it away to a university? It only tells the time accurately every five minutes, costs around a million quid and has a face of 24-carat gold.

The Corpus clock was conceived and funded by horologist Dr John Taylor, who made his fortune developing kettle thermostats. The Chronophage or 'time-eater' is the vivid monstrous grasshopper at the top that 'eats time' to power the clock. In between correct time tolling, time is shown to be either running fast or slow.

Prof Stephen Hawking has unveiled the Corpus Clock at Cambridge University. It is a clock fit for a physicist. Watch the fascinating YouTube of it here. Hat Tip /.