The history of time

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

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. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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[目次]

  • Preface
  • 1. Principles of time measurement
  • 2. Prehistory and history of the modern calendar
  • 3. Weeks and seasons
  • 4. Easter
  • 5. Other calendars
  • 6. Marking the year
  • 7. Dividing the day
  • Further Reading

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書名 The history of time
著作者等 Holford-Strevens, Leofranc
書名別名 The history of time : a very short introduction
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2005
ページ数 [xvi], 144 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780192804990
NCID BA74176062
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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