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    Re: Harrison's H1
    From: Brad Morris
    Date: 2009 May 6, 16:32 -0700

    I must say the one of the more enjoyable parts of my many visits to the UK was 
    seeing H1 functioning at the Royal Observatory.  Okay, I realize that makes 
    me an engineering wonk, but I just couldn't take my eyes off of it.  
    Wonderful instrument.  A marvel.
    
    I was confused, at first, by the odd analog hands and dials.  For example, the 
    minutes dial goes from 0 to 59 and from 0 to 59 in one revolution, with a 
    hand that points to both sides (and the same number).  Why would he do that?  
    I finally realized that Harrison was balancing the hands.  Rotating up would 
    take more energy than rotating down.  Therefore, the clock could speed or 
    slow down, if we had a hand like modern clocks.  Gravity would play a part.  
    Solution: give it two hands that point at the same number on either side of a 
    dial.  Brilliant!
    
    I wish the horologist nothing but the best of luck.  Bring H1 back to life!
    
    Best Regards
    Brad
      
    
    
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