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Time's pendulum : the quest to capture time-- from sundials to atomic clocks

Author: Jo Ellen Barnett
Publisher: New York : Plenum Trade, 1998. ©1998
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Jo Ellen Barnett takes us a step further in our perpetual quest to comprehend time. She bridges the gap between the mechanical clocks which record the fleeting moment as it passes, and the powerful radioactive "clocks" which have opened up to us the eons of the earth's history, by showing that both are based upon the counting of identical time segments." "Beginning with a historical look at clocks to tell the time  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Barnett, Jo Ellen.
Time's pendulum.
New York : Plenum Trade, ©1998
(OCoLC)622995735
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jo Ellen Barnett
ISBN: 0306457873 9780306457876
OCLC Number: 38474056
Description: 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The time of day --
Introduction --
1. The planetary basis of our day --
2. The sundial and its temporary hours --
3. The measurement of the night hours --
4. The canonical hours --
5. The selling of time --
6. The mechanical clock : the product --
7. The mechanical clock : the machine --
8. The early machines --
9. The pendulum --
10. The longitude : where where become when --
11. Of time and the railroad --
12. The Worldwide Web of time --
13. A watch on every wrist --
14. New vibrations --
15. The clock and Charles Darwin --
pt. 2. The time of the earth --
16. Of clocks and "clocks" --
17. The circle and the (short) line --
18. Discovering the "dark abyss" --
19. The battle of the geologists and the physicists --
20. The clock that worked --
21. The past recaptured --
22. Finding the time of humankind --
23. The clock that came from outer space.
Other Titles: Quest to capture time-- from sundials to atomic clocks
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