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Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

E. G. Richards
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Kurzbeschreibung

30. März 2000
This fascinating book draws together a wealth of diverse material on the much-trusted (and rarely disputed) phenomenon we know as the calendar. From the fundamentals of astronomy to the world's ancient time-keeping schemes, to the development of the modern-day calendar, to the precise calculation of when specific dates occur (as in how one arrives at the date for Easter Sunday), this is a skillful yet approachable discussion of the calendar from both the historical and contemporary perspectives. Readers will even learn how to perform experiments and calculations for themselves by using such basic techniques as stargazing and simple mathematics.

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  • Taschenbuch: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Oxford University Press, U.S.A.; Auflage: New Ed (30. März 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0192862057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192862051
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,8 x 14 x 2,6 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 189.414 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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This is a work of enthusiastic research. Richards makes even the most arcane complications arising from the accident of Earth's spin and orbit seem facinating. New Scientist Sat 28th November 1998. ..a substantial work, perhaps more useful as a reference tool than David Ewing Duncan's more story-oriented Calender Library Journal This is a book full of fascinating snippets of information...a fascinating book to dip into, though not necessarily to read in one great gulp. This is a great buy for Christmas for that pedant in your life, who will enjoy explaining the origins and foundations of calenders and time itself Morning Star, Monday 14th December 1998 ...an easily accesible mine of material...the mathematics never obtrudes. It gives the book stiffening, and those who are tempted to skip it will be left with a rather weak medley of history...those who read his account carefully will emerge with a good idea of what a lunae-solar calender is...Richards does not flinch from some useful tabulations of his material, and he does grasp the underlying mechanisms Times Literary Supplement, Friday 11th December 1998 ...there could be no more timely book...a historical and multicultural over-view of calender making The Sunday Times This is a work of enthusuastic research...Ricahrds makes even the most arcane complications arrising from the accident of the Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating New Scientist

Synopsis

Mapping Time is an account for the general reader of the history and underlying basis of each of the most important calendars of the world, from antiquity to modern times. There are descriptions of prehistoric calendars, of those devised by the Egyptians, the Mayans, the Aztecs, and other civilizations, of the short-lived French Republican calendar, which introduced a ten-day week, and of our present-day Gregorian calendar. This fascinating and highly entertaining book is the perfect guide to understanding the background of time in the run up to the millennium. 'an easily accessible mine of material' TLS 'Richards makes even the most arcane complications arising from the accident of Earth's spin and orbit seem fascinating' New Scientist.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but flawed 18. Mai 2000
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Very interesting history of the major calendar systems used around the world, both in the present day and in the past. It also gets into the mathematics of how to convert between calendar systems, including algorithms suitable for computer programming. Unfortunately, there are numerous typographical errors in the narrative and in the algorithms! The word "temperature" where the author clearly meant "temperate", substitution of "*" for "-" in a formula, etc. So far, I have been able to correct the formula for computing the day of the week and the formula for computing the date of Easter. I'm not looking forward to tackling the other algorithms. Did anyone proofread this before it was printed? Maybe the publisher could put up an errata sheet on their web site.
Good for the history, but be prepared to do some algebra if you want to use the algorithms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen one of the best books I read in 1999 5. Mai 2000
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In this well-illustrated book, the author accurately presents lunar and solar calendars. A history of the Egyptian, Mayan, Chinese, Jewish, French Republican, Roman, prehistoric and present-day Gregorian calendars is provided. The author has also included commentaries about astronomy, writing, counting, the week, the month, the year and calendar reform. An excellent readable reference on a fascinating subject for the interested reader.
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One of several books written in anticipation of the millennium, "Mapping Time: The Calendar and Its History" by E. G. Richards suffers from an especially heavy burden of typographical errors. As can be seen on the author's own web page, the address of which also is incorrect, there are hundreds of errors, some of which affect the accuracy of the account. For example, on page 208, January 1 came to mark the beginning of the Roman civil year in 153 BC, not 158 BC, and was in response to the Second Celtiberian War in Spain. Rather than wait until the middle of March for consuls to assume office, the new year was moved to the first of January so the Roman commander could depart with his legions that much sooner. It is a pity that so many errors compromise an otherwise informative history. Until they can be corrected, a better introduction to the calendar is "The Oxford Companion to the Year."
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting but flawed 18. Mai 2000
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Very interesting history of the major calendar systems used around the world, both in the present day and in the past. It also gets into the mathematics of how to convert between calendar systems, including algorithms suitable for computer programming. Unfortunately, there are numerous typographical errors in the narrative and in the algorithms! The word "temperature" where the author clearly meant "temperate", substitution of "*" for "-" in a formula, etc. So far, I have been able to correct the formula for computing the day of the week and the formula for computing the date of Easter. I'm not looking forward to tackling the other algorithms. Did anyone proofread this before it was printed? Maybe the publisher could put up an errata sheet on their web site.
Good for the history, but be prepared to do some algebra if you want to use the algorithms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Erudite But Fun 18. Juli 2003
Von John D. Cofield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a nice examination of the different calendars and methods of mapping time that humans have employed over the centuries. On the surface it has the air of a dusty reference book, but inside the author is often witty and amusing as he covers the histories and backgrounds of different dating systems. I'm especially impressed by his inclusion of the different algorithms used to calculate dates, of Easter for example, which are marvelously complex. Most readers will never have occasion to use these algorithms, but its nice to know they're there. I also appreciated the charts and the glossary of the more obscure calendrical terms.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An intriguing compendium of obscure lore 13. Juni 2001
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Designing calendars is one of the more difficult tasks that human beings have set themselves. You first needed to -determine- the lengths of the cycles of the solar year and the lunar month. This was not an easy task, and it was not achieved until well into recorded history.

The various cycles don't fit into each other particularly easily, either. With a solar year of just under 365.25 days, and a lunar month of just over 29.5 days, you aren't going to get it to come out even in the short run. You can stick with the sun and ignore the moon --- the solution of the Roman calendar fixed by Julius Cæsar. You can go with the moon, and leave the seasons to fall where they may --- as Muhammad, the desert-dwelling prophet of Islam, chose.

Or you can try to keep the moon and sun tied together, necessarily loosely. This requires a number of cumbersome kludges, as the Babylonians, the Jews, the Chinese, and the Christians who fixed the date of Easter all discovered. These calendars took a lot more thought than the ones that simply discarded one or the other heavenly lights, and rank among the most intricate and intriguing works of ancient astronomy.

This book contains a complete listing and description of the several solutions people have come up with to this seemingly intractable problem of arithmetic.
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In this well-illustrated book, the author accurately presents lunar and solar calendars. A history of the Egyptian, Mayan, Chinese, Jewish, French Republican, Roman, prehistoric and present-day Gregorian calendars is provided. The author has also included commentaries about astronomy, writing, counting, the week, the month, the year and calendar reform. An excellent readable reference on a fascinating subject for the interested reader.
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