Clocks and Culture


Carlo M. Cipolla (Author)

Overview | Inside the Book

The history of the clock opens a window on how different cultures have viewed time and on Europe's path to industrialization.

How did a time-keeping device affect the growth of crafts guilds and the scientific research that led to the Industrial Revolution? Clocks and Culture is a brief history of the changes wrought by and on Europe over four hundred years due to technological advances in timekeeping and the rise of a time-aware culture. In his introduction, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, puts this classic book in perspective.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2003
  • ISBN 978-0-393-32443-3
  • 5.4 × 8 in / 192 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide excluding Canada and the British Commonwealth.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Cipolla has a sharp eye for the heaven in a grain of sand. He takes a prosaic piece of hardware and uses it as a path into some of the central themes of history.... Imaginative and wide-ranging.” — The Economist

“Brilliant.... Demonstrates the economic and technological development by which the continent thrust into the forefront of civilization.” — The Listener

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