Time's Pendulum

Time's Pendulum

From Sundials to Atomic Clocks, the Fascinating History of Timekeeping and How Our Discoveries Changed the World

Book - 1999
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Houghton
A perfect balance of science, history, and sociology, Time's Pendulum traces the important developments in humankind's epic quest to measure the hours, days, and years with accuracy, and how our concept of time has changed with each new technological breakthrough. Written in an easy-to-follow chronological format and illustrated with entertaining anecdotes, author Jo Ellen Barnett's history of timekeeping covers everything from the earliest sundials and water clocks, to the pendulum and the more recent advances of battery-powered, quartz-regulated wrist watches and the powerful radioactive "clock," which loses only a few billionths of a second per day, making it nearly ten billion times more accurate than the pendulum clock. A tour of the discoveries and the inventors who endeavored to chart and understand time, Time's Pendulum also explains how each new advance gradually transformed our perception of the world.


Baker & Taylor
A comprehensive and compulsively readable study of humankind's attempts to accurately measure time shows how the concept of time has steadily evolved and broadened our perception of the world, and discusses history's various time-measuring devices and their inventors. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

Harcourt Publishing
A perfect balance of science, history, and sociology, Time's Pendulum traces the important developments in humankind's epic quest to measure the hours, days, and years with accuracy, and how our concept of time has changed with each new technological breakthrough. Written in an easy-to-follow chronological format and illustrated with entertaining anecdotes, author Jo Ellen Barnett's history of timekeeping covers everything from the earliest sundials and water clocks, to the pendulum and the more recent advances of battery-powered, quartz-regulated wrist watches and the powerful radioactive "clock," which loses only a few billionths of a second per day, making it nearly ten billion times more accurate than the pendulum clock. A tour of the discoveries and the inventors who endeavored to chart and understand time, Time's Pendulum also explains how each new advance gradually transformed our perception of the world.


Baker
& Taylor

A look at man's attempts to accurately measure time shows how the concept of time has steadily evolved and broadened our perception of the world

Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 1999
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Series:
ISBN: 9780156006491
0156006499
Branch Call Number: 529.7 BAR
Characteristics: 334 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm

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