Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History by E. G. Richards

Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History

byE. G. Richards

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Mapping Time is an account for the general reader of the history and underlying basis of each of the most important calendars of the world, from antiquity to modern times. There are descriptions of prehistoric calendars, of those devised by the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and othercivilizations, of the short-lived French Republican calendar, which introduced a ten-day week, and of our present-day Gregorian calendar. This fascinating and highly entertaining book is the perfect guide to understanding the background of time in the run up to the millennium. 'an easily accessible mine of material' TLS 'Richards makes even the most arcane complications arising from the accident of Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating' New Scientist

About The Author

E. G. (Edward Graham) Richards was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biophysics at King's College, University of London. His interest in the calendar was sparked when he wrote and published computer programmes for converting dates from one calendar to another. An historical note on the various calendars included in the ex...

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Title:Mapping Time: The Calendar and its HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:460 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 1.06 inPublished:October 7, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192862057

ISBN - 13:9780192862051

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Table of Contents

List of tables, List of algorithms, List of illustrations, Preface, Introduction, PART ONE: The Calendar in Theory; PART TWO: The Calendars of the World; PART THREE: Calendar Conversions; PART FOUR: Easter; Appendices 1. Astronomical Constants; 2. The Names of the Days of the Week; 3. The Names ofthe Days of the Year in the French Republican Calendar; Glossary; Further Reading; Index.

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This informative, entertaining and well-illustrated book provides a fascinating account of the history and evolution of the modern day calendar. In Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History, E.G. Richards describes prehistoric calendars, the calendars devised by the Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs, the short-lived French Republican calendar that introduced a 10-day week and how our society came to honour the present-day Gregorian calendar.

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`This is a work of enthusuastic research.....Ricahrds makes even the most arcane complications arrising from the accident of the Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating'New Scientist