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The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction Paperback – Aug 29 2005
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About the Author
Leofranc Holford-Strevens, a classicist, received a D.Phil from Oxford University in 1971. The author of Aulus Gellius (1988), and co-author of The Oxford Companion to the Year (OUP 1999), he is a desk-editor with Oxford University Press. He has a long-standing interest in calendars, chronologies, and the calculation of time.
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Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University Paris Dauphine, University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne & University Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines
The author is a scholar-editor at the publishing house so, although I know nothing of this particular aspect of time, I assume that the information herein is well researched and accurate. As such, it makes for fascinating reading and contains much information I was never aware of about the Babylonian, Hebrew, Baha'i and Chinese calendars, the dating of events from the year in which some central figure held office (used in Assyria, Athens, Sparta and Rome, the author tells us) and details of the Gregorian calendar and the dating of Easter.
If this is the sort of information you seek, I know of no better book. If you want to know something about the history of how scientists have viewed time, what psychologists have to say about how we view and use time and how this is linked historically to social changes, then you must look elsewhere.
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