Length and Time


“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? … It’s the ship that made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs!” Han Solo’s description of the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars is impressive, but something’s not quite right. Do you know why? The unit he uses to illustrate the prowess of the Falcon – a parsec – isn’t actually a measure of time, but length! It probably won’t surprise anyone Han Solo isn’t very precise when it comes to the physics of his ship, but in fact he isn’t too far from the truth. This is because we use time [...]

Length and Time2018-11-26T09:04:04+00:00

Man is the METRE of all things


Through the ages, measurements have been an integral part of peoples’ lives. The need to build shelter and trade goods meant that primitive forms of measurement were based on weights and length. The first known standard measure, or prototype, was discovered to be from around 300 BC and was known as the ancient Egyptian royal Cubit. The cubit was based on the length of the Pharaoh’s forearm, from the tip of the middle finger to the bottom of the elbow, divided into seven palms. It’s easy to see the significance and importance of the measurement of length, from building the [...]

Man is the METRE of all things2018-11-26T09:07:57+00:00