June 24, 2016

What time is it?

The Time Book: A Brief History from Lunar Calendars to Atomic Clocks
by Martin Jenkins
illustrated by Richard Holland

What is time? When did we first start measuring it? How do animals tell time? Why is time so important? This book attempts to provide some answers about why and how the calendar was created and how time was measured by ancient civilizations and how it is measured today. 

Author Jenkins tries to turn a complicated story into an easy one, but he doesn't quite succeed. The book is divided into untitled chapters, but it's really just a long narrative. This can make the concept of time confusing to grasp, requiring repeated and careful reading. Holland's surreal illustrations are not helpful. There is an the index, but it's in two different layouts (vertical and horizontal), which is annoying.

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