Tagged: TIME

More to sundial than meets the eye - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 22, 2017

Sundials are fun. As someone who visited a lot of stately homes  as a child (usually under duress), I found sundials in the gardens a welcome distraction from the monotony of trudging round a place with no other redeeming features that adults somehow seemed to find attractive. Not all adults did, I’m sure, but certainly my parents did.  First, there’s … Read More

Why time seems to go by more quickly as we get older - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 07, 2016

By Christian Yates, University of Bath When we were children, the summer holidays seemed to last forever, and the wait between Christmases felt like an eternity. So why is that when we get older, the time just seems to zip by, with weeks, months and entire seasons disappearing from a blurred calendar at dizzying speed? This apparently accelerated time … Read More

The arrow of time - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Mar 02, 2015

Benjamin is now two-and-two-thirds, or near enough. As ever, his grasp of physics continues to improve.  In the last few weeks, he has been picking up the idea of time.  We have a large (more accurately, LARGE) analogue clock on the wall of our lounge. He's watched me take it off the wall, change the battery and move … Read More

An aliasing example - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jun 12, 2013

 Yesterday I had the pleasure of visiting the Measurement Standards Lab at Lower Hutt. We were talking about making measurements of electrical impedance. In practice, if you want a decent measurement, it's rather less straightforward than whacking... Read More

Time travel - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Aug 24, 2012

On Monday evening this week I managed to do a bit of time travelling while driving back home. I was driving back through one of those heavy showers that have been marauding around the place recently, with windscreen wipers full pelt on a rather wet roa... Read More