I am a science writer and independent museum consultant who is interested in the intersection of art and science. I am also fascinated by the history and philosophy of science. Check this blog for notes and updates about cool art-and-science miscellany.
There's something lovely and enchanting about clocks and old British universities. Maybe it's something about the romance of learning, or the thought of Big Ben tolling away in the fog as London men in black bowler hats carrying umbrellas rush to and fro. Maybe it's something related to the Britain captured in Roald Dahl and P.G. Wodehouse stories, or the formidable Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. Maybe it's something about clockwork machinery and Britain as a whole, where the Industrial Revolution was born. In any case, I love hearing about the history of ancient machinery, especially clocks and especially when the machines dwell in the British Isles.
There's something mesmerizing and powerful about this simulation. Actually, there's something powerful about visualizations in general. Think about Spongelab, a company that creates science visualizations to help students learn. The merging of artistic, or visual, elements with abstract thinking can help people understand so many things.