Newarkers are usually busy and often look at their wristwatches. No one wants to be late to work, for a job interview or a leisurely activity. Time is always a part of our lives. Time is a theme in many books we read and movies we watch. On New Year’s Eve, Americans celebrate the passage of time as the crystal ball drops at Times Square. Time even has an emotional component, for when we enjoy ourselves time passes quickly. When we engage in activities we dislike, time seems to move more slowly.
Clocks, which come in all shapes and sizes, are the devices we use to read time. Christiaan Huygens, who was a Dutch mathematician, astronomer, physicist and horologist, invented the modern clock in 1656 that we use today. Albert Einstein, who was a popular physicist and scientific genius, studied time his entire life. Scientists and science buffs, still study and analyze Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.
Some of us wish we could stop time and be youthful our entire lives. In the market, there are many products to help us look younger. Juan Ponce de Leon, who was a Spanish explorer and conquistador, discovered Florida while searching for the Fountain of Youth.
If you ever visit Newark, New Jersey, a great way to celebrate the New Year is to see the clock tower at Newark Broad Street Station. The clock tower, built in 1903, which is 80 feet tall, a historic landmark since 1984, can be seen from miles away. The beacon, an iconic work of art, has helped generations of Newarkers celebrate the New Year.