The Calendar: The 5000-year Struggle to Align the Clock and the Heavens - and what Happened to the Missing Ten Days

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Fourth Estate, 1998 - Calendar - 360 pages
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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 the Dragon (Chinese). The story of the creation of the Western calendar, which is related in this book, is 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 more accurate than time itself: the Earth is an elderly lady and slightly eccentric - she loses half a second a century. Days have been invented (Julius Caesar needed an extra 80 days in 46BC), lost (Pope Gregory XIII ditched ten days in 1582) and moved (because Julius Caesar had 31 in his month, Augustus determined that he should have the same, so he pinched one from February).

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I have only read a handful of books voluntarily; in all 33 years of my Life (1982-2014). This book taught me the art of "simultaneous plot reading" (if there is such a phrase) as I read further into to it, which confused me at times but I soon began to piece it together thanks to HOW "hook lines" and important personal life questions began to be answered about the "DEVELOPING TIME" and WHO, WHERE, WHY, WHEN, WHAT caused humanity to capsulate time, Giving it a meaning sometimes beyond reason but always giving it a Name as though something that could not be harnessed has now become a tool and a place ORDER. Which makes it amazingly intriguing. Can't wait to read the rest 

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Very interesting and unusual look at history from the viewpoint of the development of the calendar and keeping time. Not a fast read as there are a lot of historical details and people involved in the ... Read full review


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