18 Nov '13, 11pm

Joseph Cramer, M.D.: The moon versus the sun and Rolex

Joseph Cramer, M.D.: The moon versus the sun and Rolex

The ancients had five timepieces: the stars, the seasons, the moon, the sun and the human pulse. Today we have moved beyond the Stone Age to the Atomic and Diamond ages. In our era of splitting atoms there is a clock that is driven by the oscillation of cesium. Rolex exemplifies the Diamond Age. If you ever doubted the idea of an expensive Swiss wristwatch, look in any window in Zurich. There are more watches than the wrists in the world. To make up the difference, we could be like a Bolivian businessman arriving in Lima who shared with his travel companion that he wore two watches. One was for La Paz time and the other for wherever he stood. Clocks divide time. Whatever that is. It is tough to explain even if our watch costs tens of thousands of dollars or resonates at millions of times a second. Measuring it has changed. Before there were cities, nomads followed the star...

Full article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865590825/The-moon-ver...

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