The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days

➼ [Reading] ➾ The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days By David Ewing Duncan ➱ – Measuring the daily and yearly cycle of the cosmos has never been entirely straightforward The year 2000 is alternatively the year 2544 Buddhist 6236 Ancient Egyptian 5761 Jewish or simply the Year of Measuring the daily and yearly cycle of The 5000 PDF/EPUB » the cosmos has never been entirely straightforward The year is alternatively the year Buddhist Ancient Egyptian Jewish or simply the Year of the Dragon Chinese The story of the creation of the Western calendar which is related in this book is The Calendar eBook ¸ a story of emperors and popes mathematicians and monks and the growth of scientific calculation to the point where bizarrely our measurement of time by atomic pulses is now accurate than time itself the Earth is an elderly lady and slightly eccentric she loses half a second a century Days have been invented Calendar The 5000 PDF Æ Julius Caesar needed an extra days in BC lost Pope Gregory XIII ditched ten days in and moved because Julius Caesar had in his month Augustus determined that he should have the same so he pinched one from February.The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days

David Ewing Duncan is the author of The 5000 PDF/EPUB » seven books including the worldwide bestseller Calendar He is Chief Correspondent of public radio's Biotech Nation a commentator on NPR's Morning Edition and a contributing editor and a columnist for Conde Nast Portfolio He has been a contributing editor to Wired Discover and Technology Review The Calendar eBook ¸ and has written for Harper s The Atlantic Fortune and many o.

The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and
  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days
  • David Ewing Duncan
  • English
  • 10 December 2016
  • 9781857029796

10 thoughts on “The Calendar The 5000 Year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens and What Happened to the Missing Ten Days

  1. says:

    If popular science is your bag this will go some way to filling up a corner plenty of interesting material here about various aspects of the calendar as it is and has been in various periods and cultures and the science numbers and reasoning behind it allMy major gripe with this book is the sheer uantity of errors it contains figures are bungled names are wrong facts incorrectly reported anybody who has read other books on the matter will spot these a mile off Sometimes Duncan gets things misaligned on the same or adjacent page the kind of clumsiness a damn good edit should have cured but didn't nor did it in subseuent editions from what I've seen A shame as otherwise it's a neat little tomeTL;DR Nice work spoilt by sloppiness

  2. says:

    One gets the sense that the author felt the material on the actual calendar wasn't uite long enough for a book and had to bulk the text out Half of the book doesn't deal with the calendar at all but rather digresses into lengthy exposition on how barbaric and benighted the middle ages were There are also digressions into the history of our number system and into various other sorta kinda related topics I would have much preferred the author stuck to the topic Also minor errors that were not caught in revision or editing make the credibility of the whole book suspect One travels EAST on the Thames from London to reach Oxford? uite a feat The year 2000 is actually the year 1997 because Jesus was born in 4 BC? How does that math work? A work of popular scientific history should not have such obvious mistakes So although there is definitely interesting material on the history of our calendar this book suffers from serious flaws I was disappointed

  3. says:

    A appealing fact jammed book about something we use everyday the calendar I never thought there were so many events and people involved in its story dating back to time immemorial Facts at times amusing others outright dramatic It's fascinating the interplay between time and who dictates it Control over time and its deployment gives boundless power to the beholder that usually one can't even ponder Last one on the list is the Roman Catholic Church who's reform on the calendar is the one we're still using today A reform that started not for any scientific endeavour but for the down to earth task of celebrating Easter on the appropriate day

  4. says:

    Was combing my history shelves for something else and pulled this down Remembered what a fascinating read it was Tells all about how the modern calendar developed This was a 'reading room' AKA powder room read which is why it took almost a year to finish but still I did read the entire book Never knew what a complicated thing Time and its tracking is

  5. says:

    This is a really interesting book It's a little hard to get through in parts but I gave it 5 stars because it's just so darn fascinating Did you know about the 10 days that were removed from the calendar by Pope Gregory in 1582 but not until 1752 in the American colonies? Read this book and you'll know

  6. says:

    Interesting examination of the concept of time how the calendar linear time evolved and how human made time doesn't reconcile with time as it happened and the confusion sown along the way by various interferences and the intersection of several different calendars And all you asked was 'what time is it?'

  7. says:

    At first I was disappointed that this was a history of only the western calendar All others got at best a brief mention But this was a THOROUGH history of not only the calendar but of the science and politics that influenced it This is a well written worthy read

  8. says:

    one of my all time favourite books

  9. says:

    The beginning with all the facts was interesting but the book became and dry I skimmed the last 70ish pages25 stars

  10. says:

    Very intesting Different civilization kept track of time by their way I love those written figures of months and numbersAlso numbers weren't the same as we had Number 0 and decimals revolutionized the numbering of days in a yearLunar solar lunisolar calendar I am still confuses with the conceptTrying to capture the true value of tropical yearRelying on position of star as signal for a new year a sidereal yearSeuencing of days within a month how many months and months a year has freuent additional day as true up fix Such a messy periodThe ignorance of Latin and exchange of knowledge from ArabicsI love the fact that despite numerous scholars threw doubts on the precision of Julious Caesar's calendar the urge to reform didn't kindle till the booming of interregion trade mass printing that shamed someone Reform issued in 1582 by the pope via papal bull Georgian calendar made a good catch up but still not precise OMGatomic clock of 20th century Proposals to reform currently used Georgian calendar are still being submitted The missing 10 days in 15821583 or 11 days in UK and resulting UK's tax deadline of 5th APR 11 days after 25th MAR Anyway I like also summary of calendars the name year invented and how many days hr min s in it Also different kind of ways a year can be defined names of months a year in different languages Without those littlebrief summary I would be probably even lost Reading this book demands full concentration but some parts told me too much about church's side of the story which bored me sometimesI tried to take notes as much as I could but still had to absorb passively when the difference between one calendar to the other is inxxxabc decimal which is translated into zz seconds Trust his calculation

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