God's Clockmaker

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Overview

Clocks became common in late medieval Europe and the measurement of time began to rule everyday life. God's Clockmaker is a biography of England's greatest medieval scientist, a man who solved major practical and theoretical problems to build an extraordinary and pioneering astronomical and astrological clock. Richard of Wallingford (1292-1336), the son of a blacksmith, was a brilliant mathematician with a genius for the practical solution of technical problems. Trained at Oxford, he became a monk and then abbot of the great abbey of St Albans, where he built his clock. Although as abbot he held great power, he was also a tragic figure, becoming a leper. His achievement, nevertheless, is a striking example of the sophistication of medieval science, based on knowledge handed down from the Greeks via the Arabs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852854515
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 1/13/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John North is Professor Emeritus of History of Philosophy and the Exact Sciences, University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the author of numerous books including Stonehenge: A New Interpretation of Prehistoric Man and the Cosmos and The Ambassadors' Secret.

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Table of Contents

Eclipse
• The Black Monks
• Wallingford
• Oxford
• An Astronomer among Theologians
• Crisis
• The New Abbot
• Reprove, Persuade, Rebuke
• The Visitor Visited
• Litigation
• Builders and Clockmakers
• Time and History
• The St Albans Clock
• Machina Mundi
• Legacy
• The Migration of Ideas
• Aristotle
• Natural Philosophy
• Astronomers
• Astrologers
• Instruments of Thought
• Albion

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