From Sundials to Atomic Clocks Understanding Time and Frequency

ISBN-10: 0486409139

ISBN-13: 9780486409139

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: James Jespersen, Jane Fitz-Randolph

List price: $16.95 Buy it from $2.49
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


Clear and accessible introduction to time examines measurement, historic timekeeping methods, uses of time information, role of time in science and technology, much more. Over 300 illustrations.
Used Starting from $9.06
New Starting from $15.50
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Periodic Table Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Ethics Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Business Law Online content $4.95 $1.99
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $16.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/8/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Riddle of Time
The Riddle of Time
The Nature of Time
What Is Time?
Date, Time Interval, and Synchronization
Ancient Clock Watchers
Clocks in Nature
Keeping Track of the Sun and Moon
Thinking Big and Thinking Small--An Aside on Numbers
Everything Swings
Getting Time from Frequency
What Is a Clock?
The Earth-Sun Clock
Meter Sticks to Measure Time
What Is a Standard?
How Time Tells Us Where in the World We Are
Building a Clock that Wouldn't Get Seasick
Hand-Built Clocks and Watches
Early Clocks
Sand and Water Clocks
Mechanical Clocks
The Pendulum Clock
The Balance-Wheel Clock
Further Refinements
The Search for Even Better Clocks
"Q" Is for Quality
The Resonance Curve
Energy Build-up and the Resonance Curve--An Aside on Q
The Resonance Curve and the Decay Time
Accuracy, Stability, and Q
High Q and Accuracy
High Q and Stability
Waiting to Find the Time
Pushing Q to the Limit
Building Even Better Clocks
The Quartz Clock
Atomic Clocks
The Ammonia Resonator
The Cesium Resonator
One Second in 10 000 000 Years
Atomic Definition of the Second
The Rubidium Resonator
The Hydrogen Maser
Can We Always Build a Better Clock?
A Short History of the Atom
Thermodynamics and the Industrial Revolution
Count Rumford's Cannon
Saturn's Rings and the Atom
Bringing Atoms to a Halt
Atoms Collide
Cooling the Atom
Pure Light
Shooting at Atoms
Optical Molasses
Trapping Atoms
Penning Traps
Paul Traps
Real Cool Clocks
Capturing Neutral Atoms
Atomic Fountains
Quantum Mechanics and the Single Atom
The Time for Everybody
The First Watches
Modern Mechanical Watches
Electric and Electronic Watches
The Quartz-Crystal Watch
How Much Does "The Time" Cost?
Finding and Keeping the Time
Time Scales
The Calendar
The Solar Day
The Stellar or Sidereal Day
Earth Rotation
The Continuing Search for More Uniform Time: Ephemeris Time
How Long Is a Second?
"Rubber" Seconds
The New UTC System and the Leap Second
The Length of the Year
The Keepers of Time
World Time Scales
Bureau International de Poids et Mesures
The Clock behind the Clock
Flying Clocks
Time on a Radio Beam
Time in the Sky
Other Considerations
Other Radio Schemes
The Time Signal on Its Way
Choosing a Frequency
Very Low Frequencies
Low Frequencies
Medium Frequencies
High Frequencies
Very High Frequencies
Frequencies above 300 megahertz
Noise--Additive and Multiplicative
Three Kinds of Time Signals
The Uses of Time
Standard Time
Standard Time Zones and Daylight-Saving Time
Time as a Standard
Is a Second Really a Second?
Who Cares about the Time?
Time, The Great Organizer
Electric Power
Navigation by Radio Beacons
Navigation by Satellite
The Global Positioning System
Some Common and Some Far-out Uses of Time and Frequency Technology
Ticks and Bits
Divide and Conquer
Sending Messages the Old Fashioned Way, One Bit at a Time
Automated Telegraphy
Frequency Division Multiplexing
Simultaneous Time and Frequency Multiplexing
Don't Put All Your Messages in one Basket
Keeping the Clocks in Step
Time, Science, and Technology
Time and Mathematics
A New Direction
Taking Apart and Putting Together
Slicing up the Past and the Future--Calculus
Conditions and Rules
Getting at the Truth with Differential Calculus
Newton's Law of Gravitation
What's Inside the Differentiating Machine?--An Aside
Time and Physics
Time Is Relative
Time Has Direction
Time Measurement Is Limited
Atomic and Gravitational Clocks
The Struggle to Preserve Symmetry
The Direction of Time and Time Symmetries--An Aside
Time and Astronomy
Measuring the Age of the Universe
The Expanding Universe--Time Equals Distance
Big Bang or Steady State?
Stellar Clocks
White Dwarfs
Neutron Stars
Black Holes--Time Comes to a Stop
Time, Distance, and Radio Stars
Until the End of Time
Time Is Not Absolute
General Theory of Relativity
A Bang or a Whimper?
Time's Direction, Free Will, and All That
Time's Direction and Information
Disorganization and Information
Phase Space for the Universe
Black Holes and Entropy
The Problem of Free Will
Cleopatra's Nose
Computing the Future
The Brain Problem
Clockwork and Feedback
Open-Loop Systems
Closed-Loop Systems
The Response Time
System Magnification or Gain
Recognizing the Signal
Fourier's "Tinker Toys"
Finding the Signal
Choosing a Control System
Time as Information
Three Kinds of Time Information Revisited
Time Information--Short and Long
Geological Time
Interchanging Time and Location Information
Time as Stored Information
The Quality of Frequency and Time Information
How Many Seconds in a Meter?
Measurements and Units
Relativity and Turning Time into Space
Nature's Constants and the Number of Base Units
Length Standards
Measuring Volts with Frequency
Student Redux
The Future of Time
Using Time to Increase Space
Time and Frequency Information--Wholesale and Retail
Time Dissemination
Clocks in the Future
The Atom's Inner Metronome
Particles Faster than Light--An Aside
Time Scales of the Future
The Question of Labeling--A Second is a Second is a Second
Time through the Ages
What Is Time--Really?
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.