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The book is organized in chronological order and focuses mainly on the centuries leading up to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar (our modern calendar) by the Catholic Church in 1582. Along the way, Duncan describes the ancient calendars of many cultures all over the globe, from India to Egypt to the Mayan empire. During the Middle Ages, Christian churches discouraged scientific inquiry on the theory that it was wrong to question the nature of God's creation. This severely hampered the refinement of the calendar and the advancement of many academic pursuits. By the 16th century, Europe's calendars were 11 days out of sync with the solar year, which meant Easter was being celebrated on the wrong day. An infusion of knowledge from India and the Middle East helped Europeans get back on track. Duncan profiles the many mathematicians, philosophers, and monks who made organizing time their life's work. This book honors the efforts of those scholars and examines the way politics and religion influenced societal perceptions of time through the ages. --Jill Marquis --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
One of the best works of the history of the calender I have ever read. Lots of interesting facts.Published 16 months ago by Cynthia Grantham
David Ewing Duncan (no relation of mine, incidentally, as far as I know) wrote this book as the 20th century was drawing to a close, and there was widespread concern that the... Read morePublished on January 6, 2013 by John Duncan
I read this book many years ago and loved it. It is about the history of numbers and maths as much as the history of the calendar and in a fascinating, non-technical way. Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Farmgirl
There is so very much information here that I hadn't realised until now. Also much info on changes the Catholic church made that I hadn't realised and that need to be questioned.Published on April 7, 2009 by H. Leupp
Have you ever wondered why every four years an extra day is added to the calendar year? Do you know why ten days were missed forever in the middle ages? Read morePublished on February 19, 2007 by Ernesto Sepúlveda-Villarreal
Entertaining, well written and informative. David Ewing Duncan takes you through the politically fraught struggle to develop an accurate, globally accepted method of measuring the... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Nerida
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As a kid I was fascinated by my dad's Q & A! He recounted how the Calendar of the Coptic Church preserved the Alexandrine version of the accurate... Read more
There are a number of things I wish someone told me before I picked up this book, and here are some of them. Read morePublished on May 25, 2003 by Ashwin