Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Evolution of Watches

I saw this video, via Greta Christina, and I thought it was so cool that I wanted to share it with you, my vast blog audience.

Suppose that gears, springs, and hands had properties that attracted them to one another like biomolecules do. What would happen if "creatures" consisting of these building blocks of "life" were allowed to mate and mutate, with the "environmental pressure" that the ones best able to tell time would survive to pass along their "genes"?

They would create clocks, that's what would happen!

The author of this movie wrote some code to look at how this would happen. I'm looking forward to downloading his code and checking it out.

1 comment:

Madeleine said...

That is completely awesome. Thanks.