What Does A Clock Represent? Answering Questions


Among many questions that a lot of people out there have about clocks, one of the things that intrigues quite a lot of people about clocks is its symbolism and what it actually represents. So that is exactly what we will be discussing in this very article.

Well as many say, the thing that a clock represents can be subjective at parts, but we will be looking at a few of the things that it is often used to represent

1. Life

Each and every tick of the clock represents life slowly passing us by without a stop. Life is basically a clock that doesn’t stop as it doesn’t require a battery to power it. And most importantly it doesn’t tick so that the people living them most of the time become unaware of the time grazing their skin and passing by to never ever come back. So there is no sound every second to remind you that the moment gone is not coming back. And the moment has indeed passed

2. Death

Life within itself trails to death and the passing of each second represents that time goes on for everything and that everything that is alive now will soon see its end, while the soundless clock of time goes on.

3. Evolution

In some contexts, clocks have been used to represent the frame of evolution as clocks have themselves evolved quite a lot and have ended impacting our lives immensely without most of us not even realizing this. For instance, the atomic clocks that are the most accurate clocks that we as humanity have built are the very reason that we are able to use the internet, the GPS system and run our daily life in the way we do. So clock’s evolution from sundials & water clocks to atomic clocks is often used to represent the level of our evolution especially in the past few centuries

4. Time

The mere concept of time is most popularly symbolized by clocks. Sometimes it passing by and other times it being stuck. We have grown to learn that there was a starting time of time itself and we don’t know what and if there was anything before that time. So all the mysteries regarding these mysteries are represented through clocks

5. Dreams

Dreams and clocks have a weird kind of relation. We normally don’t see clocks in our dreams but it’s not that rare. It’s just that anything that can give you a frame of time and provide information just seems like gibberish. Moreover, when you dream, time itself loses its purpose, and hence you don’t see many clocks. So, clocks are also sometimes used to represent the mysteries surrounded by the world of dreams as there is quite a lot that we, even as a progressed society, don’t know about dreams

These 5 were the most frequent symbolizations of clocks so now that we have answered that part lets move on to answering some other relevant questions about clocks

Why Are Clocks Round In Shape?

The Circular shape is considered linear and is in line with the motion of the hands, as they too have to move in a circular motion ( keeping the same distance from everywhere on the clock. Moreover, as we know the initial clocks humanity made weren’t round not even close. As it was never even a concern to consider the shape of the clock.

As their sole function was and still is to tell time and that is not affected by its shape whatsoever. Some experts do say that the initial shape was decided to be circular because of its symmetry and the overall happy and soothing shape in itself portrays, and some even say that it promotes a lighter mood. On the other hand, others say that there wasn’t any special reason for the clocks to be made this way other then it is not being sharp and just being a bit more convenient.

Lastly, as time has progressed, another reason has merged and that is familiarity & habit, as most of the people out there have grown up with a round clock hanging on the wall. It just subconsciously has become a part of what we call home

Why do Clocks run Clockwise?

A video answering why clocks run clockwise

What is daylight saving time and why do some countries change time?

This is quite a unique phenomenon practiced all over the world in many countries. This is done to make the most use of the daylight that is available to us depending on the geography of the place. However, it is important to note that not all of the countries around the world do this. What is it actually? You ask. Well, this basically pertains to all of the clocks within a country to being turned one hour forward in by an exact one hour in spring. And setting the clock back by an exact one hour in autumn. This is basically done to add an hour of daylight in spring and compensate it in autumn when we already have big days

This extra hour of daylight could then be conveniently used by people to go out with their families as they will be getting free from their office and other official duties an hour ahead. And will ultimately have the time to go on and do what they want to do while the sun is still up. This idea was first proposed by George Hudson from New Zealand, who initially proposed a 2-hour time shift in clocks so that he along with his friends would have more time to go for bug hunting in the summer. A few years later, this idea was appreciated by William Willett who then proposed this in front of the Parliament as a suggestion from saving daylight time of the people of the whole wide nation

Two of the many people who supported this idea were Winston Churchill and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. But this didn’t stop the idea from being rejected in the start by the parliament. And eventually, this idea was first materialised by the German Government.

What is the Most accurate type of Clock?

The answer to this is “Atomic Clocks“. The authenticity of it being the most accurate clock can be inferred by the fact that it looses 1 second after every 138 million years. That’s a big figure. An example of a famous place it is used at is CERN, NASA, and many others.

The clock that the U.S. uses to calibrate its time is accurate to a second in a 100 million years. So if you had put one of these clocks in the medieval ages they will still tell the same time in this day and age.

Data transmission on the internet, as well as the GPS navigational system and cell phone towers and even the high grid, depends on this clock. In conclusion, our high-speed interconnected world works because we can use different pieces of technology using accurate time. So, you take that out of the way, and say good buy to the internet? And isn’t that just sad?

Well, as we have already discussed, atomic clocks have a big impact on our world as a whole. How? is a question that you might be wondering as of now.

Let’s start with the internet, where exact timings are critical. And atomic clocks as we know by now is what helps with that accuracy. Moreover, for GPS satellites to work out your precise position, your timing of the signals it sends and receives has to be super accurate. The signals travel at the speed of light, which means that an error of even a single microsecond error translates to an error of 300 meters on the ground. The timing has to be so precise that even tiny effects like relativity need to be tracked. So we do have Einstein to thank for that because if we didn’t have his equations we wouldn’t have a GPS.

To be exact with each and every microsecond GPS satellites have to carry atomic clocks. The more accurate the clock is, the more accurate GPS can calculate your location

How Does A Clock Work?

When most of the people ask the question that how does a clock workthey are mostly referring to how does the analog ( quartz ) clock work as that is the most common clock. And the first one that comes to mind when we think of a clock. So here is how an analog ( quartz ) clock work?

Clocks basically use oscillators to keep the gears moving. And the movement of the gears prompts the minute hand to move which then turns and makes the hour hand move.
  1. So basically what happens is that the battery or the power source provides to the microchip circuit within the clock
  2. Then this current makes the quartz crystals that are precisely cut and placed within the clock to vibrate at a speed of 32768 times a second.
  3. TheMicrochip circuit detects the crystal’s vibrations and turns them into regular electric pulses, at a speed of one per second, because as we know that is what is needed for the accuracy and normal functioning of the clock
  4. These electric pulses then turn to mechanical power and move the gears
  5. The one gear that moves makes the other gear move. Hence, making the clock tick every second. Til the appliance of the power remains intact

How Do Digital Clocks Work?

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Just like the Analog clock, digital clocks also require batteries to run along with an oscillator and more or less works in the same fashion as them. The oscillator in a digital clock is usually in the form of a crystal that is made up of glass. And as the electric charge passes and goes through the crystal, it will cause a lot of vibrations and make a sound. This sound is then converted into an electronic signal. Which, through using a counter is converted to oscillations of 1 Hz oscillations. This is done through the work of various counters. The very first fo which would count 10 oscillations as one. And another one present alongside with it would count 60 as one ( or six 10 ones )

Diving into a bit more depth

This basically becomes the base of hertz being one oscillation for one second. Each counter is connected with an electronic chip that then goes on to signal displays that goes on to signal the display and which then uses light to display the present time of the moment

The display is either an LED or LCD light display which is also referred to as the “7-segment display. The number seven here comes because there are exactly seven segments that can light up for displaying a number. To elaborate on this, the digit “8” uses all of these seven segments to display. These lights are located on the display in such a way so that they can easily display two sets of 2-digit numbers. The electronic innards of a digital clock are derived in a way that they go and change each four of the digits when an hour is up. And keep on going with a sequence and flow

A Bit More About How They Function

All of these movements seek to achieve perpetual ( smooth motion ). The oscillators that make the gears move are powered by either direct electrical appliances or batteries. Batteries are the most way of supplying power to these time-telling machines. But when clocks were still a bit new, people also used to use a direct connection with electricity to supply clocks with power

Digital clocks mostly use a 50 or 65-hertz oscillation of AC power or in other words a 32,768-hertz crystal oscillator as in a quartz clock to tell time.

Most of the digital clocks out there come with a 24-hour a day format. But some also come with a 12-hour option like in the analog clocks ( in this case, they show an A.M. or P.M. and many come with an option to work both ways. Lets dive into a bit more detail

Digital clocks have highly advanced in their evolution in recent times they are quite commonly used nowadays in forms of alarm clocks and sometimes also for decorative purposes. Now let’s look at some of the most interesting and advanced digital clocks

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering “What Does A Clock Represent?” along with some other clock related questions. If you have any other clock related question feel free to use the comment section below and if you want to go through some interesting facts about clocks that might surprise you, we have an article written on just that so do give it a look if you are itnerested “Facts about Clocks: Facts that might surprise youOpens in a new tab.!!

AK Iqbal

A University of London’ student with a passion for writing. Clocks have always intrigued me and the importance that they have in our lives is way beyond phenomenal. So, on this site, I write everything about clocks, everything from answering any clock-related queries that you might have along with recommending some of my favorite clocks accordingly. Moreover, I will also be conducting some researches on clock related topics and sharing the things that I learn. So stay tuned to ohmyclock for all the fun clocks related content

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