The 2018 Winter Olympic Games commenced yesterday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and those of us in the United States are preparing to watch the initial functions sometime tonight. For certain individuals, it will be about the speed skating, for others the declining skiing, and for others still the ice hockey competition. In any case, paying little heed to which occasions are your top picks, they practically all include some component of timing – and it turns out addressing every occasion’s interesting difficulties is a lot harder than it looks.
A story by Alan Burdick, New Yorker staff essayist and writer of the book Why Time Flies: A Mostly Scientific Investigation, investigates the historical backdrop of timekeeping at the Olympics, the contribution of Omega as the authority watch and a significant analyst in new strategies for timekeeping, and how the innovation utilized for various occasions have their own quirky limitations.
Citing a 1984 swimming occasion in which two Americans secured to the 100th of a second, Burdick addresses a more subtle test: where better and more exact timekeeping quits being useful out and out. When you begin timing down to thousandths of a second, much of the time you’re past the safety buffers in the courses and human response time. There are bunches of other captivating accounts and you’re ensured to get familiar with the response to in any event one inquiry you didn’t know to ask.
Visit the New Yorker and read the full story here.