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Why Time is One of Humanity's Greatest Inventions

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Time has a fascinating history. Much of our modern world wouldn't be what it is today without the development of better and better clocks. From clocks that use pendulums, to those that use cesium, this video covers the complete history of one of humanity's greatest inventions. Email: WendoverProductions@gmail.com Twitter: @WendoverPro Attributions: Sundial footage courtesy of http://natureclip.co.nr. Map of Great Britain - Single Color by FreeVectorMaps.com Visuals provided by Wikipedia Commons Additional Footage provided by VideoBlocks LLC Licenses available upon request
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Lionel Messi (9 days ago)
Authentic 16th century footage LOL
AND (11 days ago)
I hate time. Change my mind.
Hector Amador (11 days ago)
Great videos!!!
哥倫布 Little Columbus (15 days ago)
I say that shifting work from results to hours-worked was a travesty. Imagine how much more productive we all would be if we were all paid on results
Sneaky Master (18 days ago)
Eh ehm, we did not invent time we discovered the phenomenon and found a way to measure it
Masaru Mori (21 days ago)
Humans didn't invent time. Time existed way before. We just found out about it.
Marcin R (23 days ago)
The GPS device is not asking what time it is....it only receives information from satellites ....imagine every GPS device is sending queries to satellites, and another problem could be hacking the satellites :)
Fridericus Rex (27 days ago)
4:03 oh bitch please, that’s nothing compared to the day switched from driving from the left to the right and massive accidents happened
rarakat (1 month ago)
Isn't religion human greatest invention too?
sergio lopez (1 month ago)
haha.."clocks were horrible"...love your videos =)
Xx[Beat It]xX (1 month ago)
The time was such a great humanity invention, it'd existed before humans did
Jalu Priyanto (1 month ago)
So, a GPS satellite is really just a *clock floating around in space*
Frank wu (1 month ago)
Isn’t Pierre the husband of Marie Curie?
Egor Timatkov (1 month ago)
5:04 Atomic clocks don't use radioactive decay or radioactive elements: Radioactive decay is inherently random and would make for an inconsistent clock. Atomic clocks look at the ELECTRONS of specific elements (like the Caesium which is shown at 5:09) and how these electrons change states. Nothing to do with decay.
V9UCQ809 2VGQOP2G (1 month ago)
...rendering ???
Hirst Gaming (1 month ago)
that first photo is a local place for me
Catalyst V7 (1 month ago)
People who took 25 micrograms of cheap acid be like “TIME IS AN ILLUSION, STAY WOKE”
Józef Piłsudski (1 month ago)
0:25 See? Medieval Europe wasn't as shitty as we thought. They even got cameras back then!
Marco Martinez (1 month ago)
I wish you had mentioned pocket watches/spring powered clocks. They made clocks portable and more importantly, they worked on ships where pendulum clocks wouldn't as the rocking motion of the ships would disrupt the pendulum movement.
BloodyBunny 227 (1 month ago)
Sub to pew die pie
JJS (1 month ago)
Time itself is not a human construct. The measurement of the observation of time might be, depending on who is observing or how this observation is defined. However time is not a human invention.
EmeraldView (1 month ago)
Yay time!
Matthew Chee (1 month ago)
Was time a discovery or an invention... eye yam confused
mr mccoy (2 months ago)
am i the only one getting weird visual artifacting from the beginning to around 35 seconds?
Mohit Dhagat (2 months ago)
@4.43 is that picture from Warwick university F211?
FlipperBooch219 (2 months ago)
4:15 so that’s where that name came from
TheGamingTiger (2 months ago)
History of time
Dustin Kirby (2 months ago)
👎Your logic is heavily flawed, almost arrogant. To think that we as humans can even think to posit we can apply such explanations to the grandiose scaffolding that is the universe and how it unfolds. What we label as time & space or spacetime (kudos Einstein) initially began with what we call or infer to be the Big Bang, or Genesis (for the religious). We come along almost 14 billion years later whistling dixie, like some omniscient Don Quixote ... and think WE invented TIME as a thought, construct or perception of our mind on how we percieve reality unfolding? It's super arrogant. I don't think it works like that, we don't INVENT the laws of nature, just observe, understand and report. My opinion at least, your welcome.
Jarambe Jarambe123 (2 months ago)
Wow man you're really downplaying cory in the house the best anime of all time
Chef Polo (2 months ago)
This is a lie
Alexander Vorslov (2 months ago)
A nice video, just one thing to point out: the need for the leap days and earth irregular rotation was noticed long before the quartz clock. Even long before Jesus
Star Grabbitz (2 months ago)
Wasn’t time discovered not invented? We just invented a way to measure it.
ianericson (2 months ago)
And speaking of time it’ll take you only 30 seconds to sign up for audibles——oh wait
Jonathan Martin (2 months ago)
Terrible presentation
Robinhudloom (2 months ago)
Should be invention of clock not time..
Billy McCorkell (2 months ago)
Millionth view!
Coltranepop (2 months ago)
LIES
TOHmaster (2 months ago)
Lol 999k views at the time I’m watching this
Spyseand6 (2 months ago)
Its even more interesting that with such percise time measurements as atomic decay, we were able to translate that into percise measurements for things like distance based on the speed of light which is obviously based on time and distance
Buttered Pie (2 months ago)
Cough cough*^ Waking up at 6 in the morning to get ready for skool
desertrose0601 (2 months ago)
Now we're all on iPhone time. 😂
chicago man (2 months ago)
Humans didn't invent time. Dinosaurs grew old and died before humans existed on earth.
Coltranepop (2 months ago)
Excuse me but did you watch the video
Ahmad Khatib Mursadi (2 months ago)
But you know what ?. I don't have a time
Trevor Francis (2 months ago)
2:02 Do all of the people you know never be late?
ewan newton (2 months ago)
Looks at clock. “ ur fat “ man runs of crying
LordArioh (2 months ago)
it's beer o'clock, I have to go.
Guilherme Ferreira (2 months ago)
Workers should still earn b how much they make
XPLAlN (3 months ago)
This video has been poorly researched. The pendulum clock was no use at sea. It was the invention of the marine chronometer that solved the longitude problem of oceanic navigation. Also it is absurdly naive to claim the pendulum clock appeared in every house one hundred years after its invention. There is no way ordinary people of that era could afford such an expensive item.
John Youtuber (3 months ago)
"Authentic 16th century footage" 🤣
Jefry Umanzor (3 months ago)
But wait, time doesn't exist.
Parker DePond (3 months ago)
Or was it discovered
Paul Coburn (3 months ago)
There are many errors in this video...
I before A except after K (3 months ago)
Worth pointing out that time is one of the few concepts to have a globally agreed-upon unit of measurement. We can't even agree on something as simple as how to measure the distance to the end of the street, but we can all agree on how long it takes to get there.
Quand9 (3 months ago)
Man, this video is full of mistakes. The difference of the length of the day is the measurements when compared to the stars or the sun. Leap seconds are year are to accommodate for the fact that a year is not 365 days. The theres the slow down of Earth's rotation as measured by atomic clocks but that's a tiny amount
lostn65 (3 months ago)
we didn't invent time, we invented clocks.
Le Ken (3 months ago)
Atomic clocks don't use nuclear decay for time keeping. They use elctron decay instead :)
Matthew Lui (3 months ago)
So, if a planet does not have quartz, the living organisms can't possibly enter their own space age.
causewhy not (3 months ago)
Time is a tool you can put on the wall, or wear it n your wrist
James Carmody (3 months ago)
What is with the flickering effects? My eyes, they strain!
Spain (4 months ago)
LOL I'm Like Give Me A Clock Names Spain
Sarah Kali (4 months ago)
wow that was an amazing video, very informative
L X (4 months ago)
That's amazing.
The Mobile Gamer (4 months ago)
I find it strange that he talks about the U.S. even though the U.S. was not founded until the 1700’s
Gigastar (5 months ago)
When you buy a clock: It's time time!
SK1dDaDLe (5 months ago)
Invention or discovery?
MandaLORE (5 months ago)
old saying back in eighth grade "grace what time is it - lunchtime "
Wesley Schroeder (5 months ago)
I haven't seen any videos as informative and excellently articulated and as this one. It's about time!
sheeeple (5 months ago)
2:02 - 2:07: Not true at all 🤣
9nikolai (5 months ago)
And also the hardest one to keep up with
S Pizza (5 months ago)
If your birthday is on Leap Day on a leap year do you really only get older once every leap year?
Sam (5 months ago)
Why did they ring the bell twice in 1883? Why not just wait four minutes and ring it once
Lucas12349999 (5 months ago)
3:18 "ask jerald" lmaoo
Sani Malik (5 months ago)
smoking weed and watching this feels so trippy...
TheRadioactiveBanana (5 months ago)
0:21 I WILL KILL THAT BLOODY BASĪARD
Neeraj R (5 months ago)
Really eye opening!!
sba.17 (6 months ago)
Time was discovered not invented dicko
GarrBear314 (6 months ago)
laughed at the dr. evil pop up
Andy Vajda (6 months ago)
Yay. There is the Prague's famous clock called Orloj, on the Old Town Square. :-)
Buddy Franklin Overhead Mark (6 months ago)
There is a book written about this. Longitude by Dava Sobel. The guy who won the prize was named Harrison, but I believe he was beaten out of the prize money
David Phipps (6 months ago)
Wendover clearly doesn't understand the concept that 1 rotation of the earth, doesn't equal a day, and never did for any point in history. 1 Rotation puts the stars in the same spot and the earths rotation is very regular, just slowly down extremely slowly, not off by a few seconds like he says. A day is the time it takes to put the sun in the same longitude in the sky and that varies because of the earth's tilt and not perfectly spherical orbit. It doesn't equal exactly 24 hours on average, it a little more than that, so hence the need for leap seconds. Has nothing to do with Leap days.
Tyler Durden (6 months ago)
While I love these videos, there needs to be some accountability for wrong information. Some kid is going to do a project on navigation, get the info here and he is going to fail. How could you research pendulum clocks and not find Harrison.
Trey Hunt's SkyRed Media (7 months ago)
Time isnt real, nothing is. Only delicious sin and cheesecake
LO17 (7 months ago)
“Authentic 16th century footage” 😂😂
helo441 (7 months ago)
So cringy calling time a human invention, we didn't invent time, you cannot build time, you cannot make a blueprint of time, it is not something you "invent" lmao time was discovered, fuck what's next, did humans invent the moon in 1969 as well? Or did the Soviets invent space when they launched Sputnik up in 1957?
Life of Boris (7 months ago)
"Ask Jerald" is my new measurement of time
Ondatra P (7 months ago)
0:08 prague!!!!
Gear Heads (7 months ago)
Keeping an eye on time makes your time on this planet run out quicker. If you are unaware of how much time has elapsed, you will live longer because you're mind and body are not aware of how much time has elapsed
Scott Anderson (7 months ago)
Gorillas don’t use clocks.
Sourish W. (8 months ago)
This video is glitchy for me, show multicolored pixel at the beginning
Luciano Lizana (8 months ago)
cool!
bendubu (8 months ago)
Absolutely fascinating, I’m off to tell my boss I don’t except his version of time and I’m going home 😆❤️
Ben Ryan (8 months ago)
0:05 darlington town clock REPRESENT
KnifeGuy375 (8 months ago)
Is there a reason, why you often have pictures or clips of german locations in your videos? :)
big tutubi (8 months ago)
Wendover I notice that sometimes your voice rises in pitch at the end of a sentence or sentence clause, like 4:38. It's called HRT https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_rising_terminal. We could make a drinking game out of it, take a shot every time you upspeak lmfao
majnolajno44 (8 months ago)
Leap days have to do with the Earth not orbiting the sun in exactly 365 days, not with Earth not rotating in exactly 24 hours. You put those two separate issues into one basket at 5:32. Great video otherwise
gony 98 (8 months ago)
Children in school had to attend 4 mins extra on day of implementation of the us eastern time zone instead of new York's.😁😁
the_key _player (8 months ago)
People didn't invent "time", they discovered and created the measurement of it.
Sarah Menkes (8 months ago)
YEA CESIUM
Dean West (8 months ago)
How was George Harrison NOT mentioned?
_fluffyy (8 months ago)
I hate to be nit-picky, but time is not an invention.
Aditya (8 months ago)
This video gave me actual chills