Meditations on Breguet and Mathematics

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  1. Richard Watkins

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    For some strange reason this "article" was never mentioned on the message board.

    The main purpose of it is to examine the stop-work used in Breguet's self-winding watches, and consequently to show that his design has a serious fault. And I also conclude that even if Breguet had studied mathematics, there is no evidence of him using it.

    It is available from http://www.watkinsr.id.au/Breguet.html
     
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    #2 rstl99, Oct 22, 2017
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    Looks like a fascinating article Richard. I wish I had the mental fortitude, and retained sufficient mathematical knowledge from my school days, to work my way through it.

    On the subject of schooling, the limited sources I have read on Breguet suggest that his formal schooling ended when he was 11-12 years old. So there would not have been much if any advanced mathematical knowledge acquired before he left school. Your Section 6 expands on this with some possible further mathematical schooling he would have undergone during his apprenticeship.
     
  3. Richard Watkins

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    My eyes glazed over while I was writing it, which is why I got help from a higher person!
    To some extent you can ignore the maths. The explanation of how the stop-work may have been constructed and the animations are more important.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion Richard, I'll have a read through it and look at those animations.
     

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