[time-nuts] PBS, Tue evening, The Secret of Tuxedo Park

paul swed paulswedb at gmail.com
Tue Jan 16 13:14:31 EST 2018


Hello to the group.
I did read the book several years ago. Its quite good and I had no idea
about any of this.
Sort of amazing.
So the fact that PBS is doing a show on this is going to be good to watch
tonight.
Thank you for sharing.
Regards
Paul
WB8TSL

On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 1:08 PM, Azelio Boriani <azelio.boriani at gmail.com>
wrote:

> >>...he would wear it on the outside of his wrist instead of the inside,
> so that gravity changed the rate of the tuning fork...
> Sort of manual turbillon...
>
> On Tue, Jan 16, 2018 at 4:04 PM, Tom Van Baak <tvb at leapsecond.com> wrote:
> > I can't stress enough how important Loomis was to the history of precise
> timekeeping in early radio, telephone, pendulum clock, quartz oscillator
> era. And for those of us who still have Loran-C receivers can thank him
> (Loomis Radio Navigation -> LRN -> Loran).
> >
> > So I highly recommend the 2003 book "Tuxedo Park" by Jennet Conant:
> > http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Tuxedo-Park/Jennet-
> Conant/9780684872889
> >
> > Our kind of guy. In the "Palace of Science" chapter she writes: Loomis
> would remain a "time nut" for the rest of his life, according to Luis
> Alvarez, who recalled that Loomis always wore "two Accutrons--one on his
> right wrist and one on his left wrist." He would check them every day
> against WWV (the standard frequency broadcasting station of the National
> Bureau of Standards), and if one was gaining a half second on the other, he
> would wear it on the outside of his wrist instead of the inside, so that
> gravity changed the rate of the tuning fork and the two watches tracked
> each other, and WWV, "to within less than a second a day."
> >
> >
> >
> > Some other Loomis links of interest:
> >
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Lee_Loomis
> > https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LORAN
> > https://timeandnavigation.si.edu/navigating-air/navigation-
> at-war/new-era-in-time-and-navigation/alfred-loomis
> > http://www.ob-ultrasound.net/loomis.html
> > http://leapsecond.com/pages/loomis/
> >
> >
> > And the clever way to do time transfer and compare precision clocks to 1
> ms in the 1930's...
> >
> > http://leapsecond.com/pend/shortt/1931-RAS-Precise-
> Measurement-Time-Loomis.pdf
> >
> >
> > Also the classic "The Evolution of the Quartz Crystal Clock" by Warren
> A. Marrison:
> >
> > https://ieee-uffc.org/about-us/history/uffc-s-history/the-
> evolution-of-the-quartz-crystal-clock/
> > via https://ieee-uffc.org/about-us/history/uffc-s-history/
> > and original at https://archive.org/details/bstj27-3-510
> >
> >
> > If someone knows how to record any time/clock/navigation parts of PBS
> show for non-US viewers let me know, off-list.
> >
> > /tvb
> >
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
> > To: <time-nuts at febo.com>
> > Cc: "Hal Murray" <hmurray at megapathdsl.net>
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 1:42 AM
> > Subject: [time-nuts] PBS, Tue evening, The Secret of Tuxedo Park
> >
> >
> >> (Sorry for the clutter to those of you outside the US.)
> >>
> >> http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/secret-tuxedo-park/
> >> Two of the shorts mentions time.
> >>
> >> Many thanks for the Tuxedo Park book suggestion many years ago.
> >>
> >>
> >> --
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> >>
> >
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