Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Foreign Language Study - 438 pages
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This fascinating book fully addresses a topic of much general interest by drawing together a wealth of diverse material on the much-trusted (and rarely disputed) phenomenon we know as the calendar. From the fundamentals of astronomy to the world's ancient time-keeping schemes, from the development of the modern-day calendar to the precise calculation of what happens when (as in, how does one arrive at the date for Easter Sunday?), this is a skillful yet approachable discussion of the calendar from both the historical and contemporary perspectives. Readers will even learn how to perform experiments and calculations for themselves by using such basic techniques as stargazing and simple mathematics.

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User Review  - Devatipan - LibraryThing

I read this entertaining, informative book from cover to cover, but it probably works best as a reference work. The level of detail is amazing - at times, overwhelming - and the writing mostly good. Recommended. Read full review

MAPPING TIME: The Calendar and Its History

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The approach of the millennium has generated a spate of books on the history of our calendar. Here's an especially good one. According to Richards, the calendar originated in humanity's desire to ... Read full review


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Richards was Formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biophysics, King's College, London

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