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Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

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What is time? How do we measure it? Can we control it, ignore it or save it? Or will we all just go mad with it? Timekeepers explores all of these questions and many more through a collection of illuminating, fascinating, and sometimes silly stories about our obsession with time.

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In Timekeeper, Simon Garfield draws together an eclectic mix of stories about humans’ love and hate for, as well as obsession with, time and timekeeping. This book covers our journey from marking time by the daily movement of the sun and stars to the unimaginable accuracy of atomic clocks and the ubiquity of digital displays. Quirky tales include the Englishman who returns from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch, the woman who designs a ten hour clock, and a prince who attempts to stop time altogether. Somerset Maughan Prize-winner, Simon Garfield uses his enjoyably relaxed but engaging tone to explore a topic that is always with us and, seemingly, ever more pressing.

Book size: 214 x 135  x 35mm

368 pages

Author: Simon Garfield
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9781782113195

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