The Ordering Of Time: From The Ancient Computus To The Modern Computer Arno Borst

ISBN: 9780745609683

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The Ordering Of Time: From The Ancient Computus To The Modern Computer  by  Arno Borst

The Ordering Of Time: From The Ancient Computus To The Modern Computer by Arno Borst
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This book is a concise history of the use and interpretation of time, written by one of the foremost historians in Europe today.Arno Borst examines the various ways that time has been calculated by numbers and measured by instruments through theMoreThis book is a concise history of the use and interpretation of time, written by one of the foremost historians in Europe today.Arno Borst examines the various ways that time has been calculated by numbers and measured by instruments through the ages, from the computus - an ancient method of determining times and dates - to the present-day computer.

In a wide-ranging discussion, he analyses the classical Greek concepts of divine, natural and human time- the universal time of ancient Rome- the Easter cycle of the Middle Ages- the development of the mechanical clock in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries- early modern chronology- and twentieth-century data processing.Borst argues that although many centuries and countless different instruments - sundials, horologia, abaci, astrolabes, calendars, and calculating machines - separate the computus from the modern computer, each generation throughout the ages has had to answer the same question: how can we make the best use of our available time to improve our lives?

The computer, he suggests, is merely a new instrument employed for an ancient purpose.Lively and accessible, The Ordering of Time will be welcomed by students and researchers in social and cultural history, the history of science and mathematics, as well as anyone interested in the history of time and numbers.



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