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Revolution in Time

Clocks and the Making of the Modern World, Revised and Enlarged Edition

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$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674002821

Publication Date: 08/15/2000


544 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

32 halftones, 1 map, 15 line illustrations, 12 tables

Belknap Press

Not for sale in United Kingdom

The book is a pleasure to read, for the quality of the author’s thinking, for the slightly acid perceptiveness of his observations, and for the often enchanting aptness of his quotations and examples.—E. J. Hobsbawm, The New York Review of Books

Stunning… Revolution in Time fairly radiates the author’s own delight. Like the classic clocks it so lovingly describes, it is an exhilarating monument to human ingenuity.—Jim Miller, Newsweek

[Landes] has an eye for the odd, amusing detail and manages to convey a great enthusiasm for his subject… His book contains a wealth of piquant information that left me musing when I closed it.—Tracy Kidder, The New York Times Book Review

David Landes is a splendid storyteller… The book abounds with anecdotes about people, not only those who made the clocks and watches but also those who bought and used them… Without doubt, this book will become a standard work in the history of timekeeping—and it’s also fun to read.—Derek Howse, The Washington Post

The text scintillates with wise and witty aphorisms… Landes notes that clocks are the product of ‘ingenuity, craftsmanship, artistry and elegance’: so is this book.—David Cannadine, London Review of Books

Reviews of the previous edition:

A wonderful book… It’s richly detailed and illustrated, extremely informative, and thoroughly enjoyable.The Los Angeles Times Book Review

Probably the most widely praised book ever written about the history of timekeeping, this book offers an encyclopedic and colorful account of time measurement from the first weight-driven clocks of the Middle Ages to the atomic clocks of today.American Time

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