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Timekeepers

Author: Simon Garfield
Publisher: Edinburgh : Canongate, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough of the one thing we crave the most. How have we come to be dominated by something so arbitrary? The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Garfield
ISBN: 9781782113195 9781782113218 1782113215 1782113193
OCLC Number: 960690506
Description: 349 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Very, very early or very, very late --
The accident of time. Leaving the ground ; The shortness of life and how to live it --
How the French messed up the calendar --
The invention of the timetable. The fastest thing you ever did see ; Was ever tyranny more monstrous? --
The Beet goes on. The way to play the Ninth ; Just how long should a CD be? ; Revolver --
How much talking is too much talking?. In the time of Moses ; Talking it over --
Movie time. How you get to the clock ; Oncoming train --
Horology. Part one, How to make a watch. A very difficult floor ; Just what is it about the Swiss? --
Roger Bannister goes round and round --
Vietnam. Napalm. Girl. The split second ; 'I am Muybridge and this is a message from my wife' --
The day shift. We will crush, squash, slaughter Yamaha! ; The boss from hell --
Horology. Part two, How to sell the time. Vasco da Gama special edition ; Welcome to Baselworld ; Uh-oh ; In which we name the guilty man ; The most valuable watch on the planet --
Time tactics that work!. The berry season ; The lean email simple system --
Life is short, art is long. The clock is a clock ; White people are crazy --
Slowing down the world. A place where time stands still ; Living Frenchly ; Faster food --
The British Museum and the story of us. The book of hours ; Doomed and marooned ; Those who feel differently --
Epilogue: Humility watch.
Other Titles: Timekeepers : how the world became obsessed with time
Responsibility: Simon Garfield.

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An entertaining and authoritative exploration of how and why time has come to rule our lives from the bestselling author of Just My Type  Read more...

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