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Time piece

  1. Nov 3, 2003 #1
    A sundial is said to be a time piece with the fewest moving parts. What is the time piece with the most moving parts?
     
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  3. Nov 3, 2003 #2

    LURCH

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    The universe .
     
  4. Nov 4, 2003 #3
    how is the universe a time piece?
     
  5. Nov 4, 2003 #4

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    kath,

    The answer is open-ended. Given any arbitrarily complex time piece, you could always stick on another piece and make it move, too... so there really is no answer to the question, in principle.

    Are you asking "what is the most complex time piece ever actually constructed?"

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  6. Nov 5, 2003 #5
    Actually, i'm thinking that the answer is an hour glass...but i'm not for sure yet.
     
  7. Nov 5, 2003 #6

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    That's a very cool answer, but it's still an open-ended question. I can always use finer-grained sand, or simply build a bigger hourglass, without bound.

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