Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History
This fascinating book draws 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, to the development of the modern-day calendar, to the precise calculation of when specific dates occur (as in how one arrives 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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LibraryThing ReviewUser 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 HistoryUser Review - Kirkus
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