Book on Time
March 12, 2012 10:59 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for a non-fiction book about the history of time in human societies.
posted by cupcakemuffin to Society & Culture (6 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I was having a conversation with a friend about the fact that there are lots of different calendars in different societies, but it seems like everyone uses the same seconds/minutes/hours framework - although of course we could be wrong about this! While days and years are natural units of time based on the sun, it didn't seem like the smaller units were. I was wondering if anyone knows about a good book that discusses how and why we ended up with the current system of keeping time that we have, and whether other cultures have or do use other systems.