|By (author):||Garfield, Simon|
|Subject:||SCIENCE / General|
|SCIENCE / Time|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE / General|
|Size:||8.66in x 5.67in x 1.30in|
|From The Publisher*|
SUNDAY TIMES CULTURE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016
OBSERVERSCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR 2016
The compelling stories in this book explore our obsessions with time. An Englishman arrives back from Calcutta but refuses to adjust his watch. Beethoven has his symphonic wishes ignored. A moment of war is frozen forever. The timetable arrives by steam train. A woman designs a ten-hour clock and reinvents the calendar. Roger Bannister becomes stuck in the same four minutes forever. A British watchmaker competes with mighty Switzerland. And a prince attempts to stop time in its tracks.
Timekeepers is a vivid exploration of the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, narrated in the highly inventive and entertaining style that bestselling author Simon Garfield is fast making his own. As managing time becomes the greatest challenge we face in our lives, this multi-layered history helps us tackle it in a sparkling new light.
|Biographical Note||Simon Garfield is the author of seventeen acclaimed books of non-fiction includingA Notable Woman(as editor),To the Letter,On the Map,Just My Type andMauve. His study of AIDS in Britain,The End of Innocence, won the Somerset Maugham prize. www.simongarfield.com|