The 24 Screen World Clock came out of my educational project and business venture called Math for the Ages. Math for the Ages is an approach to mathematics and learning that tries to translate abstract principles into physical experiences and physical experiences into abstract principles. In this case we take the complex process that is time and represent it in a simple model that the participants can interact with on an experiential level. By walking the 24 Screen World Clack one can actually see that on the Spring Equinox when it’s 7:21 P.M in New York, the sun is just rising in Kathmandu, on the next morning, and the sun is just about to set in Kansas City. You see the day in a whole new light.
You don’t need to understand that the 360° world is divided into 24 equal slices of 15° each, but the Clock makes it easier. You don’t need to understand that there is a difference between “Local” time and “Time Zone” time, but the World Clock makes it easier. You can appreciate that it’s noon in Hamilton, New Zealand on the equinox without knowing that noon separates the A from the P in AM-PM. And you can see the day chasing its own tail at midnight in Rotterdam. To the west yesterday, to the east tomorrow. It is all quite confusing, but the act of walking around the 24 Screen World Clock gives a new insight into the underlying grid and gives the viewer navigational experience in time itself.
Tomorrow: Zones and longitude on the 24 Hour World Clock