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5.0 out of 5 stars Sundials for Everyone, 26 April 2006
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Dr. J. Davis (Suffolk, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sundials: History, Art, People, Science (Hardcover)
This books reaches two audiences: sundial experts who want to see some excellent sundials and to know more about their backgrounds, and newcomers who want a 'coffee-table' book and who will be delighted by the tremendous photography and amazed by the variety of types. The book runs through the history of dialling, right through from pre-history to the ultra-modern, though naturally it focusses on the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods when dialling was a subject that no educated person could ignore.

There are many dials in the book which are relatively unknown to many diallists, especially from the Arab countries and from Japan. There are also dials well-known to dialling enthusiasts, though pictured here with much better images than are usually seen. The text is very informative and easily readable - the author has turned up many little-known facts about the dials and presents the material in a logical and entertaining manner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The history of the Sundial, 15 Jun. 2012
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J. Suyderhoud (ouderkerk aan den ijssel, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
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This book was made available in the Netherlands for a price of just over 10 pounds sterling, an offer I could not resist. My interest is mainly in portable sundials and astrolabes, this book tells more about the history of the sundial in general. As stated by the author in the last chapter: This is not a book about every aspect or design of sundial. It says nothing about astrolabes or quadrants, both of which can also be used to tell the time. Nor, perhaps thankfully, does it include much mathematics. It is written for those who may be interested in the central story of measuring time without the use of clocks. The author has achieved this with many beautiful pictures of stunning examples. The book has its focus somewhat more on what happened in the UK than elsewhere, to be expected from a Patron of the British Sundial Society. It is well written and understandable for a large audience, therefore recommended for all those interested in the history of the sundial.
As an afterthought, even in our age of GPS and satellite controlled clocks, there is still a need for a book explaining the history of all instruments made for determining the time or your position on earth based on the accurate measurement of the position of the sun. Because if you know your position on Earth and the exact position of the sun, you can determine the time. The other way round, if you know the exact time, you can determine your position on Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 18 April 2014
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Rtj Stevens "rtj" (uk) - See all my reviews
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A really interesting book with a wealth of detail and many sumptuous pictures of sundials from around the world. The maths is, perhaps thankfully, kept to a minimum. Details of how we perceive time and the influence of the Church is especially interesting. The website mentioned ( shadowspro.com I think), is especially recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book, 4 May 2012
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This is a stunning book. Gorgeous photos and fascinating history and narrative. I bought it as a present for my other half who is nuts on old clocks and sundials, and he LOVED it too!
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