Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History by E.G. Richards

Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History by E.G. Richards

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Containing chapters on the nature of calendars and on their astronomical background, on the history of writing and counting, on the week, and on the history of calendar reform, this book serves as an account for the general reader of the history and underlying basis of each of the most important calendars of the world.

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Mapping Time is an account for the general reader of the history and underlying basis of each of the most important calendars of the world, from antiquity to modern times. There are descriptions of prehistoric calendars, of those devised by the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and other civilizations, of the short-lived French Republican calendar, which introduced a ten-day week, and of our present-day Gregorian calendar. This fascinating and highly entertaining book is the perfect guide to understanding the background of time in the run up to the millennium. 'an easily accessible mine of material' TLS 'Richards makes even the most arcane complications arising from the accident of Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating' New Scientist

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SKU GOR007101922
Title Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History
Author By (author) E.G. Richards
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year Published 1999
Number of Pages 460
ISBN 10 0192862057
ISBN 13 9780192862051
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
Description

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Mapping Time is an account for the general reader of the history and underlying basis of each of the most important calendars of the world, from antiquity to modern times. There are descriptions of prehistoric calendars, of those devised by the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and other civilizations, of the short-lived French Republican calendar, which introduced a ten-day week, and of our present-day Gregorian calendar. This fascinating and highly entertaining book is the perfect guide to understanding the background of time in the run up to the millennium. 'an easily accessible mine of material' TLS 'Richards makes even the most arcane complications arising from the accident of Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating' New Scientist
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR007101922
Title Mapping Time: The Calendar and its History
Author By (author) E.G. Richards
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year Published 1999
Number of Pages 460
ISBN 10 0192862057
ISBN 13 9780192862051
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.