From Library Journal
The author shows how the development of modern civilization has been closely intertwined with what he calls the "rationalization" of time measurement and use. Macey has written two previous books on time and time measurement, and this is clearly his forte. He concentrates mainly on the last several centuries of Western civilization, although he does touch upon other eras and cultures. He raises some debatable assertions; for example, not everyone would agree that the current dominance of the English language in international science and commerce is also an example of "rationalization." In the later sections of the book, where Macey reviews efforts to systematize industrial processes, his line of argument becomes diffuse and erratic. Although the work is not wholly satisfactory, it contains much of interest, particularly in the earlier sections.- Jack W. Weigel, Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This is a provocative juxtaposition of topics, and even professional historians could profitably reflect on their mutual relationships and implications. Interpreting rationality in terms of standardization provides a highly promising way to integrate history of science with technological, economic, and especially social and political history.”—American Historical Review
“This fascinating study of time is both a sound contribution to scholarship and a lively story that will be of interest for a wider public, a story told in refreshingly clear and jargon-free prose.”—Time’s News