Time: Its Origin, Its Enigma, Its History (Paperback)
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Short Description for Time From Eden to eternity, from moments to millennia, this is the fascinating story of the enduring human quest to measure time and comprehend its mysteries.
- Published: 19 June 2001
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780786708703 ISBN 10: 0786708700
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Fresh and accessible, entertaining and informative, this volume by Alexander Waugh recounts the flops and follies, triumphs and fears, crackpot theories and wondrous discoveries that have shaped the way humans have conceived of time since its dawn. His cast of characters ranging from the primitive homo erectus to modern time-explorers, from Zeno to Caesar to Pope Gregory, Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein, Waugh moves with urbanity and aplomb from the stuff of myth to the theory of relativity. Calendars, eons, minutes, eternity -- no element of time is overlooked in this delightful and enlightening tour of science and history. It reveals, for instance, that atomic clocks can now tell time with an accuracy that loses only one second every 316,000 years. On the other hand, it also discloses that in ancient Rome no one noticed for ninety-nine years that a public sundial was recording time consistently wrong.