In the vein of popular science successes such as THE CALENDAR and FERMAT'S LAST THEOREM, TIME looks at man's obsessive and ingenious efforts to measure and label the dimension that dominates our lives. Waugh looks at every aspect of time - from the Big Bang, through clock time and calendars to the end of time. Drawing on Waugh's polymathic knowledge of art, music, literature, science and social history, this is a hugely entertaining examination of the big questions about time: how were seconds, minutes and hours agreed; how were the various calendars arrived at and why are there twelve months in a year and seven days in a week?
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Alexander Waugh is the grandson of Evelyn and son of Auberon. He has been the chief Opera Critic at both the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard, and is also a publisher, cartoonist and award-winning composer.Review:
'Riveting, witty and accurate' 'Excellent ... Waugh also treats us to a feast of history, philosophy and literature. Give this book to yourself, and to every friend for their library.' -- New Scientist 'Excellent ... Waugh also treats us to a feast of history, philosophy and literature. Give this book to yourself, and to every friend for their library' -- Claus von Bulow, Catholic Herald 'Very special ... Outstandingly successful ... This is a remarkable book' -- Patrick Moore 'An exhilarating account' -- Beryl Bainbridge 'Serious and seriously entertaining' -- Spectator 'An extraordinary book, unlike any which has been written before or since' -- Auberon Waugh, Daily Telegraph 'This book shows how a clever writer can take a huge subject and make it clear with interesting anecdotes and a sprinkling of good jokes' -- Daily Mail
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Descrizione libro Headline Book Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0747259887