438 pages, 70 b/w photos, illus, tabs
From astronomy, to the ancient and modern calendars of the world, to the calculation of what happens when (how can you calculate the date of Easter Sunday?), this is a masterly discussion of the calendar, from a historical and present perspective.
"The author's style is both precise and appealing.... Intriguing and compelling...offers...much to ponder about the relationship of calendars and culture."--Frederick Pratter, Christian Science Monitor
"Richard's compendious history of the calendar reflects the huge range of the subject, touching as it does on topics as diverse as the origin of writing, the French Revolution, Hindu astronomy and various proposals for a thirteen-month year...perhaps the most complete and lively treatise on temporal lore published this millennium."--The Sciences
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