God's Clockmaker: Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time  -     By: J.D. North
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God's Clockmaker: Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time

Continuum International / 2006 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 440
Vendor: Continuum International
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 1852855711
ISBN-13: 9781852855710
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Clocks became common in late medieval Europe and the measurement of time began to rule everyday life. God's Clockmaker is a biography of England's greatest medieval scientist, a man who solved major practical and theoretical problems to build an extraordinary and pioneering astronomical and astrological clock. Richard of Wallingford (1292-1336), the son of a blacksmith, was a brilliant mathematician with a genius for the practical solution of technical problems. Trained at Oxford, he became a monk and then abbot of the great abbey of St Albans, where he built his clock. Although as abbot he held great power, he was also a tragic figure, becoming a leper. His achievement, nevertheless, is a striking example of the sophistication of medieval science, based on knowledge handed down from the Greeks via the Arabs.

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