Sports, Technology and Patents – 11: Time and Tide – Measurement of Time in Sports

Time and tide wait for no man – a saying that impresses one upon the inexorable flow of time. Einstein formulated the concept of space-time continuum. He united time, which we thought was a distinct, independent phenomenon with three-dimensional space. The original motto of modern Olympics was “Citius, Altius, Fortius” – faster, higher, stronger. (Communiter or together, was added in 2021) The concept of faster brings in the concept of time into the games and thereby measurements of intervals of time. Finding out who came first in a race is not enough. “Faster, over time, meant measurements and maintaining records.

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