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From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: Understanding Time and Frequency
     

From Sundials to Atomic Clocks: Understanding Time and Frequency

by James Jespersen
 

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Newly revised and updated study offers an unusually clear and accessible introduction to time: its measurement, historic timekeeping methods, the uses of time information, the role of time in science and technology, and much more. Over 300 drawings and cartoons enliven the text.

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Newly revised and updated study offers an unusually clear and accessible introduction to time: its measurement, historic timekeeping methods, the uses of time information, the role of time in science and technology, and much more. Over 300 drawings and cartoons enliven the text.

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This introduction to time focuses on measurement, historic methods of timekeeping, the uses of time information, and the role of time in science and technology. Other topics include the search for uniform time, the application of time to energy, communication, and transportation, and the role of the world's official timekeepers. More than 300 drawings and cartoons are included. This is a Dover reprint of a 1999 edition by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Two fine guides to timekeeping and sundials are recommended picks. James Jespersen and Jane Fitz-Randolph's From Sundials To Atomic Clocks appears in its second revised edition to provide a history of human understanding of the nature of time and its calculation. From natural clocks to the relation of time, frequency and navigation issues, this provides a treatise on man-made timekeeping systems. R. Newton and Margaret Mayall's Sundials considers the construction and use of sundials, and appears as a republication of the 1994 third edition. Chapters provide fine details on how sundials tell time and how to construct all types of sundials, from portable instruments to furniture.

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ISBN-13:
9780160500107
Publisher:
United States Government Printing Office
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Pages:
316

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