Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World

Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World

by David S. Landes

Paperback(Revised and Enlarged Edition)

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674002821
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 08/15/2000
Edition description: Revised and Enlarged Edition
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 552,227
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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


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