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Marking time : the epic quest to invent the perfect calendar

Author: Duncan Steel
Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For the new millennium, a timely history of time. For all the talk of the millennium, one would think the calendar was an established fact of science, as irrefutable as the atomic weight of hydrogen. But as this book points out, the calendar is an evolving invention of our struggle to measure time.
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History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Steel, Duncan, 1955-
Marking time.
New York : J. Wiley, ©2000
(DLC) 99051369
(OCoLC)42643501
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan Steel
ISBN: 0471437174 9780471437178 1280364335 9781280364334
OCLC Number: 47011839
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 422 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Marking Time; Contents; Preface; 1 George Washington's Birthday; 2 The Country Parson's Formula; 3 The Cycles of the Sky; 4 Stonehenge and Sothis (Third Millennium B.C.); 5 Meton (432 B.C.), Callippus (330 B.C.), and Hipparchus (130 B.C.); 6 Julius Caesar (46 B.C.); 7 Constantine the Great (A.D. 321); 8 Dionysius Exiguus (A.D. 525); 9 The Synod of Whitby (A.D. 664); 10 The Venerable Bede (A.D. 725); 11 Lady Day; 12 Retrospective Dating; 13 Pope Gregory XIII (A.D. 1582); 14 The Perfect Christian Calendar and God's Longitude; 15 Archbishop Ussher and the Age of the Earth (A.D. 1650).
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For the new millennium, a timely history of time. For all the talk of the millennium, one would think the calendar was an established fact of science, as irrefutable as the atomic weight of hydrogen. But as this book points out, the calendar is an evolving invention of our struggle to measure time.

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