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Revolution in Time: Clocks & the Making of the Modern World (rev. ed.)
David S. Landes. A ‘revolution in time’ swept Europe in the 14th-cent., driven by the needs of the Church & the urban labor force. Mechanical clocks & watches came into production &, by the end of the 16th-cent., proliferated. Landes describes improvement in time-keeping devices & how some of the keenest minds in Europe labored to develop the marine chronometer. Discusses fakes & smuggling in the 18th-cent. watch market; the dazzling success of the Swiss watchmakers, which put their country on the world map; & the ‘quartz revolution’ which brought Swiss supremacy to an end. A spirited account of the astonishing characters determined to capture & harness time, & the historical contexts that have made their inventions possible. Illustrations.
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