Science Café: Tale of the Timekeepers
Presenter: Dr Kathryn Burrows, the National Physical Laboratory Time and Frequency Group
Timekeeping is fundamentally important to modern life, not only in planning, logging and navigating our activities but also because time measurements underpin many modern technologies used in science and for our quality of life.
Dr Kathryn Burrows, part of the National Physical Laboratory Time and Frequency Group, will speak on the concept of time itself, and how the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) can measure time more accurately.
This is an introductory talk on our understanding and measurement of time, universal time coordinated (UTC), the 24-hour time standard that uses atomic clocks combined with the Earth's rotation. It is operated by the Time and Frequency Group at NPL. This is the UK’s official time scale.