Telling Time: The Vintage Design of Alzheimer's Clocks

October 2, 2014 10:13 PM

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Telling Time: The Vintage Design of Alzheimer's Clocks

There might be no clearer metaphor for mental clarity than that clock: we describe the timing of the very punctual among us as being like a "Swiss watch." For the well-prepared, efficient actions progress "like clockwork." The telling and keeping of time was one of humankind's first scientific breakthroughs. We used the position of the sun to determine the time of day, and ultimately read the changes and patterns in the stars, planets, and seasons to grasp the system of days, months, and years that mark the passage of time on Earth.

As technology has progressed, the way in which we tell time has evolved, too: most of us use our smartphones to check the time, eschewing a wristwatch unless it serves as a fashion statement. Sundials, though only functional during daylight, helped the ancient Egyptians and Babylonians keep track of...

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