Historian and lifelong clock enthusiast David Rooney takes us from the unveiling of al-Jazari¯'s castle clock in 1206, in present-day Turkey; to the Cape of Good Hope observatory at the southern tip of Africa, where nineteenth century British government astronomers moved the gears of empire with a time ball and a gun; to the burial of a plutonium clock now sealed beneath a public park in Osaka, where it will keep time for 5,000 years. Rooney shows, through these artifacts, how time has been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries, and how it might bring peace.
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Prince Frederick, Maryland : Recorded Books, Inc., 2022