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General Category => English historical notes => Topic started by: Jet Cash on January 18, 2020, 09:13:51 AM

Title: How computers and old coins keep Big Ben accurate
Post by: Jet Cash on January 18, 2020, 09:13:51 AM
Big Ben is rs the large bell located in St Stephen's tower in the Palace of Westminster in London ( known as the Houses of Parliament). This interesting video gives and insight into the way the Victorian clock maintains accuracy in the age of modern technology. It is a mix of computers, heat sensors, and ancient tricks such as the use of old coins to create extra weight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Elffjsjbio
Title: Re: How computers and old coins keep Big Ben accurate
Post by: jackg on January 18, 2020, 05:39:24 PM
I think I remember another documentary where the bl broke the first time it was installed due to the main hammer being slightly too heavy. I don't think we can imagine the disappointment of lifting a 14 ton bell up in the victoriana times and it breaking immediately...

Probably how it'd go now if I was building it .