Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World

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Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1983 - Clocks and watches - 482 pages
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More than a decade after the publication of his dazzling book on the cultural, technological, and manufacturing aspects of measuring time and making clocks, David Landes has significantly expanded "Revolution in Time." In a new preface and scores of updated passages, he explores new findings about medieval and early-modern time keeping, as well as contemporary hi-tech uses of the watch as mini-computer, cellular phone, and even radio receiver or television screen. While commenting on the latest research, Landes never loses his focus on the historical meaning of time and its many perceptions and uses, questions that go beyond history, that involve philosophers and possibly, theologians and literary folk as well.

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Review: Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World

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This was a tough one, in that it is clearly written for people who know something about clocks. No, not just something, a lot. It would therefore have been much more accessible if it had contained a ... Read full review

Review: Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World

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This was a tough one, in that it is clearly written for people who know something about clocks. No, not just something, a lot. It would therefore have been much more accessible if it had contained a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
FINDING TIME
15
Why Are the Memorials Late?
37
Copyright

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About the author (1983)

David S. Landes was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 29, 1924. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1942. He received a master's degree in history in 1943 and a Ph.D. in history in 1953 from Harvard University. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army and was assigned to the Signal Corps because he had been taking mail-order courses in cryptanalysis. He worked on deciphering Japanese messages about the atomic bombs dropped on Japan. He later worked on a history of German preparations for the invasion of Normandy. His dissertation, Bankers and Pashas: International Finance and Economic Imperialism in Egypt, became his first book. His other works included Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor, and Dynasties: Fortunes and Misfortunes of the World's Great Family Businesses. He taught at numerous universities during his lifetime including Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Harvard University, where he retired in 1996. He died on August 17, 2013 at the age of 89.

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