Time in History

Time in History : Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day

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It seems the more accurately we are able to measure time, the more we worry about it and the more it dominates our lives. However, most of us are so accustomed to the ideas of time, history, and evolution that we forget that these concepts have not always been perceived in the way they are today. This fascinating book traces the evolution of our general awareness of time and its significance from the dawn of history to the present day. G. J. Whitrow's absorbing narrative examines not only the development of our methods of measuring time, from the formulation of early calendars to the standardization of time-keeping throughout the world, but also discusses the way in which our changing concept of time has influenced history itself. 'No one is better qualified than G. J. Whitrow to review ideas of time down the ages ...an admirable survey, authoritative and readable, of the evolution of our awareness of time and our methods of measuring it.' TLS.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 228 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 16mm | 199.58g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftone and line illustrations
  • 0192852116
  • 9780192852113

Table of contents

Preface; Part I - Introduction; Part II - Time in Antiquity and the Middle Ages; Part III - Time in the Modern World; Appendices; References; Index
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fascinating survey of "time" as it has been seen throughout history ... essential reading for anyone fascinated by time New Scientist His book is well written and judiciously selective TLS
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About G.J. Whitrow

About the Author G.J. Whitrow is Emeritus Professor at the University of London and Senior Research Fellow of the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. He is the author of The Natural Philosophy of Time.
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