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Old 11-14-2010, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by glowacks View Post
Yes, but you know your clock to be accurate because you've used the definition of a second, the duration of 9,192,631,770 periods of the radiation corresponding to the transition between the two hyperfine levels of the ground state of the caesium 133 atom, to build it.
How does the counting work? A team of dedicated actuarial physicists with high-tech versions of those clicky-counter things umpires use? Some gadget that's capable of not only counting to 9 billion in a second, but hitting "start" on the Doomsday Device within the margin for error?