Do we have astrology to thank for clocks?

Author's Note

My teenage son doesn't wear a watch, preferring to find the time on his smartphone. (He could also use the device to get his horoscope and an interactive map of the night sky, if he so desired.) It made me wonder if an astrolabe maker from medieval Europe would have bemoaned the slow and steady decline of his trade as mechanical watches became more popular. Perhaps the astrolabe could serve as a lesson for modern watch companies. Timex, take note!

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