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The first mechanical clock was made in 723 A.D. by a monk and mathematician I-Hsing. It was an astronomical clock and he called it the "Water Driven Spherical Birds-Eye-View Map of The Heavens". In a few years after it was built the bronze and iron mechanism started to corrode, and in cold weather the water would freeze. In 976 A.D. Chang Ssu Hsiin built the same clock except he used Mercury instead of water, but few details of this clock survive. This was the first successful clock that didn't have serious defects. A clock made by Su Sung, an astronomer, on the order of emperor Ting Zong in 1090 was 30 feet tall and was used to clock the planets and stars, and to keep track of the time. On the top was a spherical astronomical instrument used to measure the stars and driven by the clock's giant water-powered mechanism. Inside the tower was a smaller celestial globe whose movements were the same as the one on the roof and which could be viewed in bad weather or if the one on the roof was crowded. On the front of the tower was a pagoda-like structure of five floors, each housing numerous wooden puppets. The puppets would appear about every quarter of an hour day and night, and would play drums, bells, gongs, and string instruments. All the puppets' movements were controlled by the clock's machinery. The clock was powered by a huge water wheel with scoops on the ends of each blade. Water dripped into a scoop until it was full,, and then the wheel would turn, causing the water in the scoop to be poured out into a basin and the next scoop to progress and start the process all over again. When the wheel turned the puppets would change and so would the astronomical clocks. Su Sung's clock ran from 1090-1126, when it was moved to Peking, were it stood for several more years. The design for these Chinese clocks was later copied by the Europeans, and they were even originally credited for first inventing them. The clocks made by the Chinese are to me one of the best things that the Chinese invented. They look astounding in pictures, but must have been breath taking in real life.

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That would be God:

(Genesis 1:14, 15) 14 And God went on to say: "Let luminaries come to be in the expanse of the heavens to make a division between the day and the night; and they must serve as signs and for seasons and for days and years. 15 And they must serve as luminaries in the expanse of the heavens to shine upon the earth." And it came to be so.

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The Sumerians are traditionally believed to be the first people to measure and document time. They based this upon the sexesgesmal, which is a math system based on 10s and 60s, such as 60 seconds, 60 minutes, 24 hours. There, however, exists some conjecture that the Pre-Columibian people of Mesoamerica certainly had some concept of time. By the rise of the Incan, Mayan, and Olmec people, the civilizations of the early Americas had risen to a level similar to the Sumerians. While modern archeologists are still uncovering evidence of these civilizations, it is likely that much of their history was lost to the destruction that occurred when Europeans invaded. Considering, however, the complexity of the Aztec and Mayan calendars, time was an ancient concept to these people by the time of the invasion.

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Liaug Ling-can invented the first mechanical clock in the year 724

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Sundials in the daytime, "standard candles" at night.

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Who started the measurement of time?

you started the measurement of time, who else would have started it

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the dragons

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