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History of the Hour: Clocks and Modern Temporal Orders
by Gerhard Dohrn-van Rossum
Binding: Hardcover, 463 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Weight: 1.79 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9.25 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0226155102
ISBN 13: 9780226155104
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In this sweeping study of the organization of time, Dohrn van Rossum offers fresh insight into the history of the mechanical clock and its influence on European society from the late Middle Ages to the industrial revolution. Detailing the clock's effects on social activity, he presents a vivid picture of a society regulated by the precise measurement of identical hours. 'In tracing the evolution of time consciousness with scholarship and skill . . . Dohrn van Rossum evokes the many ways that the small moments of life have come to be reckoned with the passage of time.' Dava Sobel, Civilization 'Dohrn van Rossum paints a highly nuanced picture of time's conquest of modern life.' Steven Lagerfeld, Wilson Quarterly 'This book is definitive in showing the clock's pervasive influence over European society.' Virginia Quarterly Review ' A delightful, excellently translated history.' Choice 'Dohrn van Rossum has produced a persuasive and brilliantly documented new understanding of how modern time consciousness arose.' Owen Gingerich, Nature


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