Foreign News: Benpenny

Probably the best known timepiece in the world is Big Ben, giant clock atop the Houses of Parliament. His Majesty's Astronomer Royal, Sir Frank Watson Dyson revealed in London last week that Big Ben was not only one of the most famed, but, for an old clock, one of the most accurate of timepieces. After a 288-day comparison with the Royal Observatory at Greenwich (Astronomer Dyson's special charge) it was found that Big Ben's maximum deviation was only 1.4 sec. per day, that only on 21 days in the whole period of observation did...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!