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Revolution in Time: Newtonian physics and its influence on John Harrison's pendulum clocks

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10:00 – 17:00 5 Oct 2016
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Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museums, Greenwich

Revolution in Time: Newtonian physics and its influence on John Harrison’s pendulum clocks



Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Lecture Theatre, National Maritime Museums, Greenwich

Following the extraordinary trials of Burgess Clock B at the Royal Observatory, the History of Physics group of the Institute of Physics will convene a one-day conference at the National Maritime Museum on Wednesday, 5 October. Papers will explore the influences of Newtonian physics on the fundamental principles of John Harrison’s pendulum clocks. There will be an opportunity to visit the Royal Observatory to see Burgess Clock B alongside John Harrison’s sea clocks and ‘Late Regulator.’

Cost: free for Institute of Physics members; £25 for non-members.


Programme

10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.30 Welcome
Andrew Whitaker, Chairman of the History of Physics Group

10.35 Clock B: setting the record straight
Rory McEvoy, Royal Museums Greenwich

10.45 Newton and resisted motion
Peter Rowlands, University of Liverpool

11.15 A Clock not easily Removed: the now known performance of Clock B
Mervyn Hobden, Hon. FBHI

11.45 Discussion

12.00 Lunch and an opportunity to see Clock B at the Royal Observatory

14.00 Three mechanisms for how external perturbations can affect the period of a self-sustained pendulum
David Harrison, Ofcom

14.30 An engineering model of the Harrison Pendulum Oscillator System
John Haine, University of Bristol

15.00 Coffee and tea

15.30 Harrison, Hogarth and lines of beauty
Katy Barrett, Royal Museums Greenwich

16.00 Replicating Harrison’s Late Regulator
Colin Fergusson, MBHI

16.30 Discussion and closing remarks

Event type: Event
Sponsored by: IOP History of Physics Group
Organised by: History of Physics Group
Contact details: Attendees must register in advance with Lizelle de Jager (ldejager@rmg.co.uk) - free to IOP members and £25 to non-members.

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10:00 – 17:00 5 Oct 2016

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