History of Time

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Leofranc Holford-Strevens explores time measurement and the organisation of time into hours, days, months and years using a range of fascinating examples from Ancient Rome and Julius Caesar's Leap Year, to the 1920s' project for a fixed Easter.

Zusammenfassung
Why do we measure time in the way that we do? Why is a week seven days long? At what point did minutes and seconds come into being? Why are some calendars lunar and some solar?The organisation of time into hours, days, months and years seems immutable and universal, but is actually far more artificial than most people realise. The French Revolution resulted in a restructuring of the French calendar, and the Soviet Union experimented with five and then six-day weeks. Leofranc Holford-Strevens explores these questions using a range of fascinating examples from Ancient Rome and Julius Caesar's imposition of the Leap Year, to the 1920s' project for a fixed Easter. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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Produktinformationen

Titel
History of Time
Untertitel
A Very Short Introduction
Autor
EAN
9780191517068
ISBN
978-0-19-151706-8
Format
E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller
Oxford University Press
Herausgeber
Oup Oxford
Genre
Naturwissenschaft
Veröffentlichung
11.08.2005
Digitaler Kopierschutz
Adobe-DRM
Anzahl Seiten
160
Jahr
2005
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