The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction by Leofranc Holford-Strevens

The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

byLeofranc Holford-Strevens

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Why do we measure time in the way that we do? Why is a week seven days long? At what point did minutes and seconds come into being? Why are some calendars lunar and some solar?The organisation of time into hours, days, months and years seems immutable and universal, but is actually far more artificial than most people realise. The French Revolution resulted in a restructuring of the French calendar, and the Soviet Union experimented with five and then six-day weeks.Leofranc Holford-Strevens explores these questions using a range of fascinating examples from Ancient Rome and Julius Caesar's imposition of the Leap Year, to the 1920s' project for a fixed Easter.

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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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Title:The History of Time: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.39 inPublished:August 29, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Principles of time measurement2. Prehistory and history of the modern calendar3. Weeks and seasons4. Easter5. Other calendars6. Marking the year7. Dividing the dayFurther Reading