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Of time and measurement : studies in the history of horology and fine technology

Author: Anthony John Turner
Publisher: Aldershot, Hampshire ; Brookfield, VT : Variorum, 1993.
Series: Collected studies, CS407.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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History of precision technology, covering the internal evolution of several classes of instrument. In other studies, starting with an object, or an object and its maker, the author asks what it did,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony John Turner
ISBN: 0860783782 9780860783787
OCLC Number: 187460689
Notes: English and French.
Description: 1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part 1 Sun-dials, zodiacs and time: the origins of modern time; sun-dials - history and classification; Greco-Egyptian zodiacs from a Gallo-Romano site; Anglo-Saxon sun-dials and the "tidal" or "octaval" system of time measurement; "The accomplishment of many years" - three notes towards a history of the sand-glass; dialling in the time of Giovan Battista Benedetti; William Oughtred, Richard Delamain and the horizontal instrument in 17th century England; la gnomonique en France a l'epoque de Jean Picard; la gnomomique - livres en langue francaise imprimes entre 1500 et 1800. Part 2 Mechanical horology: an account for repairs to the Westminster Palace Clock; an emblematic watch by Gribelin; the introduction of the dead-beat escapement - a new document; la "dial clock" anglaise et son contexte sociale; l'Angleterre, la France et la navigation - le contexte historique de l'oeuvre chronometrique de Ferdinand Berthoud; documents illustrative of the history of English horology, I - two letters addressed to Thomas Mudge; the context of production, identification and dating of clocks by A. and J. Thwaites; documents illustrative of the history of Englishy horology, II - the cost of William Hardy's regulator clock for Greenwich Observatory, 1811. Part 3 Precision instrumentation: paper, print and mathematics - Philippe Danfrie and the making of mathematical instruments in late 16th century Paris; mathematical instruments and the education of gentlemen; "utile pour les calculs" - the logarithmic scale rule in France and England during the 17th century; the pre-history, origins and development of the reflecting telescope; a timber measuring instrument of the early 19th century.
Series Title: Collected studies, CS407.
Responsibility: A.J. Turner.

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