Simon Garfield (c) Jonathan Ring 1

Simon Garfield

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

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Wed 19 October 2016

Simon Garfield

Timekeepers: How the World Became Obsessed with Time

Simon Garfield (c) Jonathan Ring 1
Wed 19 October 2016,

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. A prince attempts to stop time in its tracks. 

Not so long ago we timed our lives by the movement of the sun. These days our time arrives atomically and insistently, and our lives are propelled by the notion that we will never have enough. Simon Garfield explores the ways we have perceived, contained and saved time over the last 250 years, and asks how we have come to be dominated by something so arbitrary.

Simon Garfield image credit Jonathan Ring.

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