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The Resource About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks, David Rooney

About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks, David Rooney

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About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks
Title
About time
Title remainder
a history of civilization in twelve clocks
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David Rooney
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A captivating, surprising history of timekeeping and how it has shaped our world. For thousands of years, people of all cultures have made and used clocks, from the city sundials of ancient Rome to the medieval water clocks of imperial China, hourglasses fomenting revolution in the Middle Ages, the Stock Exchange clock of Amsterdam in 1611, Enlightenment observatories in India, and the high-precision clocks circling the Earth on a fleet of GPS satellites that have been launched since 1978. Clocks have helped us navigate the world and build empires, and have even taken us to the brink of destruction. Elites have used them to wield power, make money, govern citizens, and control lives--and sometimes the people have used them to fight back. Through the stories of twelve clocks, About Time brings pivotal moments from the past vividly to life. Historian and lifelong clock enthusiast David Rooney takes us from the unveiling of al-Jazari's castle clock in 1206, in present-day Turkey; to the Cape of Good Hope observatory at the southern tip of Africa, where nineteenth-century British government astronomers moved the gears of empire with a time ball and a gun; to the burial of a plutonium clock now sealed beneath a public park in Osaka, where it will keep time for 5,000 years. Rooney shows, through these artifacts, how time has been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries--and how it might bring peace. Ultimately, he writes, the technical history of horology is only the start of the story. A history of clocks is a history of civilization
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TEFOD
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1974-
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Rooney, David
Dewey number
681.1/13
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TS542
LC item number
.R66 2021eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Clocks and watches
  • Horology
  • Time
  • Civilization
  • Civilization
  • Clocks and watches
  • Horology
  • Time
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About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks, David Rooney
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-258) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
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  • text
  • still image
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  • txt
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  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, 1983 -- Order : sundial at the Forum, Rome, 263 BCE -- Faith : Castle Clock, Diyār Bakr, 1206 -- Virtue : the hourglass of Temperance, Siena, 1338 -- Markets : stock exchange clock, Amsterdam, 1611 -- Knowledge : Samrat Yantra, Jaipur, 1732-35 -- Empires : observatory time ball, Cape Town, 1833 -- Manufacture : Gog and Magog, London, 1865 -- Morality : electric time system, Brno, 1903-6 -- Resistance : telescope driving-clock, Edinburgh, 1913 -- Identity : golden telephone handsets, London, 1935 -- War : miniature atomic clocks, Munich, 1972 -- Peace : plutonium timekeeper, Osaka, 6970
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unknown
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 online resource
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780393867947
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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illustrations
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1a75ba1c-4ada-41ba-a0d5-e2a4b86bd28b
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1264295139
  • (OCoLC)on1264295139
Label
About time : a history of civilization in twelve clocks, David Rooney
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-258) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Korean Air Lines Flight 007, 1983 -- Order : sundial at the Forum, Rome, 263 BCE -- Faith : Castle Clock, Diyār Bakr, 1206 -- Virtue : the hourglass of Temperance, Siena, 1338 -- Markets : stock exchange clock, Amsterdam, 1611 -- Knowledge : Samrat Yantra, Jaipur, 1732-35 -- Empires : observatory time ball, Cape Town, 1833 -- Manufacture : Gog and Magog, London, 1865 -- Morality : electric time system, Brno, 1903-6 -- Resistance : telescope driving-clock, Edinburgh, 1913 -- Identity : golden telephone handsets, London, 1935 -- War : miniature atomic clocks, Munich, 1972 -- Peace : plutonium timekeeper, Osaka, 6970
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First American edition.
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780393867947
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
1a75ba1c-4ada-41ba-a0d5-e2a4b86bd28b
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1264295139
  • (OCoLC)on1264295139

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