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    DescriptionSundials are arguably the oldest of all scientific instruments. Their beauty is often a reflection of great craftsmanship, as well as a design statement that is highly ordered and rational. As objects that perform a function, yet require no power and perform indefinitely, they are a powerful symbol of endurance and permanence. This copiously illustrated book charts the evolution of sundials around the world from the earliest neolithic rondels and stone circles, such as Stonehenge, to the present day. This history is in effect the story of Man's understanding of the heavens, and his own place in the cosmos. Rich in cultural and religious significance, sundials represent the coming together of art and astronomy. Mark Lennox-Boyd describes in detail the main types of sundial, describing important historical examples, such as Emperor Augustus's Sundial on the Campus Martius in Rome, Syrian, Indian and Chinese sundials, and showcasing a range of stunning modern sundials that have been inspired by them. The story has a colourful cast of characters, including artists, alchemists, two emperors, a maharajah and the founding President of the United States of America. Sundials combines images of inspirational designs with a fascinating historical narrative. It includes a glossary of terms, bibliography and an appendix explaining some of the theory and mathematics.


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    Title
    Sundials
    Subtitle
    History, Art, People, Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Lennox-Boyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 250 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 1,243 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780711224940
    ISBN 10: 0711224943
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CRA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    BIC subject category V2: TDPB1, PDX
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000, HIS002000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI066000
    DC22: 681.1112, 681.111209
    LC classification: QB215 .L45 2005
    Edition
    1
    Illustrations note
    130 colour photographs and line drawings
    Publisher
    Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
    Publication date
    30 March 2006
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Former Conservative MP Sir Mark Lennox-Boyd is Patron of the British Sundial Society. He has designed numerous sundials for clients in Britain and Europe, often in collaboration with his wife, the garden designer Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
    Review quote
    ... [a] most instructive, entertaining and beautifully produced book Spectator