More than a decade after the publication of his dazzling book on the cultural, technological, and manufacturing aspects of measuring time and making clocks, David Landes has significantly expanded Revolution in Time.
In a new preface and scores of updated passages, he explores new findings about medieval and early-modern time keeping, as well as contemporary hi-tech uses of the watch as mini-computer, cellular phone, and even radio receiver or television screen. While commenting on the latest research, Landes never loses his focus on the historical meaning of time and its many perceptions and uses, questions that go beyond history, that involve philosophers and possibly, theologians and literary folk as well.
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About the Author
David S. Landes was Coolidge Professor of History and Professor of Economics, Emeritus, Harvard University, and the author of The Wealth and Poverty of Nations.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Finding Time
1. A Magnificent Dead End
2. Why Are the Memorials Late?
3. Are You Sleeping, Brother John?
4. The Greatest Necessity for Every Rank of Men
Part 2: Keeping Time
5. My Time Is My Time
6. Of Toys and Ornaments and Serious Things
7. My Time Is Your Time
8. Approaching the Asymptote
9. The Man Who Stayed to Dinner
10. The French Connection
11. Fame Is the Spur
Part 3: Making Time
12. Clocks in the Belfry
13. The Good Old Days That Never Were
14. The Ups and Downs of International Competition
15. Multum in Parvo
16. Notwithstanding the Barrenness of the Soil
17. Nor Could He Compete with Us
18. Ah, But He Could!
19. Not One in Fifty Thousand
20. Who Killed Cock Robin?
21. The Quartz Revolution
Appendix A: Escapements
Appendix B: Tables
Credits for Illustrations