Clocks and Culture, 1300-1700

Overview

The history of the clock opens a window on how different cultures have viewed time and on Europe's path to industrialization.
How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution? Clocks and Culture is a brief history of the changes wrought by and on Europe over four hundred years due to technological advances in timekeeping and the rise of a time-aware culture. In his introduction, Anthony Grafton, ...

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Overview

The history of the clock opens a window on how different cultures have viewed time and on Europe's path to industrialization.
How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution? Clocks and Culture is a brief history of the changes wrought by and on Europe over four hundred years due to technological advances in timekeeping and the rise of a time-aware culture. In his introduction, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, puts this classic book in perspective.

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Editorial Reviews

The Economist
“Cipolla has a sharp eye for the heaven in a grain of sand. He takes a prosaic piece of hardware and uses it as a path into some of the central themes of history.... Imaginative and wide-ranging.”
Times Literary Supplement
“The story is fascinating and is told with the author's customary enthusiasm and lucid scholarship.”
The Listener
“Brilliant.... Demonstrates the economic and technological development by which the continent thrust into the forefront of civilization.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393324433
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/19/2003
  • Series: The Norton Library
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carlo M. Cipolla was the author of Before the Industrial Revolution and a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He died in 2000.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Introduction: Carlo Cipolla: Erudition and Imagination
Prologue 1
I The European Masters 27
II Chinese Mandarins and the Self-Ringing Bell 81
Epilogue 115
Appendix 121
Notes 125
Bibliography 161
Index 175
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