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Questioning the millennium : a rationalist's guide to a precisely arbitrary countdown

Author: Stephen Jay Gould
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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"In 1950 at age eight, prompted by an issue of Life magazine marking the century's midpoint, Stephen Jay Gould started thinking about the approaching turn of the millennium. In this inquiry into time and its milestones, he shares his interest and insights with his readers. The book asks and answers the three major questions that define the approaching calendrical event. First, what exactly is this concept of a  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gould, Stephen Jay.
Questioning the millennium.
New York : Harmony Books, ©1999
(OCoLC)607394377
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Jay Gould
ISBN: 0609605410 : 9780609605417
OCLC Number: 42258219
Notes: "New preface for 2000"--Jacket.
Includes index.
Description: 221 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Responsibility: Stephen Jay Gould.

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"In 1950 at age eight, prompted by an issue of Life magazine marking the century's midpoint, Stephen Jay Gould started thinking about the approaching turn of the millennium. In this inquiry into time and its milestones, he shares his interest and insights with his readers. The book asks and answers the three major questions that define the approaching calendrical event. First, what exactly is this concept of a millennium and how has its meaning shifted? How did the name for a future thousand-year reign of Jesus Christ on earth get transferred to the passage of a secular period of a thousand years in current human history? When does the new millennium really begin: January 1, 2000, or January 1, 2001? (Although seemingly trivial, the debate over this issue tells an intriguing story about the cultural history of the twentieth century.) And why must our calendars be so complex, leading to our search for arbitrary regularity, including a fascination with millennia? This revised edition begins with a new and extensive preface on a key subject not treated in the original version." "Ranging over a wide terrain of phenomena - from the arbitrary regularities of human calendars to the unpredictability of nature, from the vagaries of pop culture to the birth of Christ - Stephen Jay Gould holds up the mirror to our millennial passions to reveal our foibles, absurdities, and uniqueness - in other words, our humanity." --Book Jacket.

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