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History of Time: a Very Short Introduction

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ISBN-10: 0192804995

ISBN-13: 9780192804990

Edition: 2005

Authors: Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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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 fixedEaster.
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Book details

List price: $12.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/27/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 4.37" wide x 6.85" long x 0.39" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

The day
Months and years
Prehistory and history of the modern calendar
Weeks and seasons
Other calendars
Marking the year