The Eternal Space-Time Crystal Clock Ought To Be A Big Seller At Spencer’s Gifts – The Awl

IhavereadthisScientificAmericanarticleabouthowscientistshavefiguredouthowtobuildaclockthatwillcontinuetellingtimeevenaftertheuniversenolongerexistsfourtimesnow,anda)OfcourseI’mnotsmartenoughtoreallyunderstandit。

Ithastodowithcreatinganelectricfieldthatwilltrapchargedionsinafour-dimensionalcrystalshape,andtheions’natural“Coulombrepulsion”willstartthemrotatinginacircle。

(“Coulombrepulsion”isthethingwherepositivelychargedionspushawayotherpositivelychargedionsandnegativelychargedionspushawayothernegativelychargedions,likewithmagnets。

)Therotationinthecrystalwillbefrictionless,andfreeofentropy,soitwillneverstop?

—?

evenaftertherestoftheuniversereachesthestateofthermodynamicequilibrium(a。

k。

a。

“heatdeath”)thatwe’reallwaitingfor,anddissolvesintoformlessanti-matter。

B)ThishasgottobethemostuselessgaggiftI’veeverheardof。

Aclockthattellstimeaftertheuniverseceasestoexist?

Imean,it’slikelaserneuteringforapetrock?