Before the pendulum clock was invented around middle of the seventeenth century people perceived time differently. Time was not something related to a periodic rhythm, but rather solar activity. If you asked somebody “what time is it now”, you’d get an answer like: “the sun is still very high, so I still have time to harvest my crops”.
This all have changed with the invention of the steam engine and eventually the rail road. Operation of the real road required more precise time coordination. Continue reading