It's About Time: From Calendars and Clocks to Moon Cycles and Light Years - A History

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Beautifully packaged, this book examines the people and places behind time's inventions, as well as reveals oodles of quirky facts related to timekeeping

From the ice-age recordings of moon cycles and the earliest calendars, to modern wristwatches and quantum clocks, time and its effects have always enthralled mankind. People have spent centuries developing new ways of measuring time, describing it and quantifying it, and such methods have given rise to some of the most ...

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It's About Time: From Calendars and Clocks to Moon Cycles and Light Years - A History

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Overview

Beautifully packaged, this book examines the people and places behind time's inventions, as well as reveals oodles of quirky facts related to timekeeping

From the ice-age recordings of moon cycles and the earliest calendars, to modern wristwatches and quantum clocks, time and its effects have always enthralled mankind. People have spent centuries developing new ways of measuring time, describing it and quantifying it, and such methods have given rise to some of the most technically and aesthetically beautiful devices ever invented. This book is a tribute to timekeeping in its many forms and takes in the most significant creations as well as countless time trivia. Peppered with time-related anecdotes and quotes, this is an essential handbook for anyone fascinated by the fourth dimension.

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“A new book, I Told You I Was Ill by Liz Evers, has uncovered the funniest gags to do with the darkest subject.” —Sun on I Told You I Was Ill

"This clever little book is a satisfying page-turner and will find a ready readership among those with a scientific mind-set and anyone concerned with the history of time." —Library Journal

Library Journal
10/01/2014
This handy book introduces readers to the history of all things time. Starting with the big bang, moving along through Homo sapiens' early years, medieval timepieces, and up to the current day, Evers (To Be or Not To Be: And Everything Else You Should Know from Shakespeare) surveys not only how we keep time but also delves into the conception of time itself. Along the way, the author ably introduces readers to a variety of timekeeping devices, historical tidbits, and relevant facts. Examples of items covered include improvements in devices such as pendulums and water clocks; interested parties, including Galileo, Isaac Newton, and John Harrison; and germane concepts from the geologic timescale to the idea of an apocalyptic end of time. One of the more exciting chapters, "Space Time," covers thornier issues including black holes, light years, the multiverse, and parallel dimensions. Also included are a judicious number of sidebars that tackle items such as blue moons, the story of Philip II of Spain and the clockwork monk, and literary clocks such as Miss Havisham's stopped timepiece from Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. VERDICT This clever little book is a satisfying page-turner and will find a ready readership among those with a scientific mind-set and anyone concerned with the history of time.—Brian Odom, Birmingham, AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781782430674
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 973,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz Evers is the author of I Told You I Was Ill and I Used to Know That.

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