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Such local interpretations of time made the job of establishing railroad schedules a matter of guesswork and hope, as the Canadian entrepreneur Sandford Fleming discovered when he missed a train in the west of Ireland in 1876. Frustrated, Fleming realized that a new system of universal time would need to be created if railroad travel were ever to realize its full potential. As Blaise writes, "the adoption of standard time for the world was as necessary for commercial advancement as the invention of the elevator was for modern urban development," and nations such as England that had a system of standard time in place owed much of their economic superiority to the predictability and reliability such a system put in place.
Fleming discovered that getting the world onto the same schedule required years of negotiating and browbeating, a nightmare that Blaise ably recounts. Fleming's efforts eventually paid off, and as Blaise writes, "Of all the inventions of the Industrial Age, standard time has endured, virtually unchanged, the longest." His entertaining account of how that came to be will be of appeal to readers who enjoyed Dava Sobel's Longitude, Henry Petroski's The Pencil, and other popular works in the history of technology. --Gregory McNamee
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
There is a good little story about Sandford Fleming in there somewhere, unfortunately, it's almost impossible to find. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joe Fox
I was too annoyed by the repeated use of "Scotch" for "Scottish" and the padding around limited facts to finish this book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Red racer demon
Disappointing. I was hoping for more of a look into the science of timekeeping, something as detailed and interesting as Dava Sobel's "Longitude. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Jacquelyn Lavaque
The book spends a lot more time talking about Fleming and things going on around the time of his life and less on the specific topic of the creation and adoption of standard time -... Read morePublished on January 1, 2008 by J. Torrey
How could i possibly pass by such a title? As an avid fan of Doctor WHO, the original time lord, captured the eye firmly enough. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by Stephen A. Haines
After he set out the initial scene and made narrative inroads, the author proceeded to regale us with his views on time and why they're important. Read morePublished on December 20, 2006 by LaBelle
Most of Time Lord should have been about Sir Sandford Fleming, about how he grew up, about why he left home (Scotland) and crossed the ocean to a new land (Canada), his trials and... Read morePublished on August 25, 2006 by Vincent Poirier
Although Time Lord weighs in at fewer than 250 pages, this book took me a great deal of time to read in part because it constantly put me to sleep. Read morePublished on December 18, 2005 by S. Yonts
What one would want to see in a book about "Sir Sandford Fleming and the Creation of Standard Time" would be a biography of Fleming, some historical background on timekeeping up to... Read morePublished on October 15, 2005 by Bruce R. Gilson