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4.0 out of 5 stars A first class run through of the world's time keeping., 14 July 2001
This review is from: Splitting The Second: The Story of Atomic Time: The Story of Atomic Timekeeping (Paperback)
If you thought keeping time around the world was straight forward, it isn't. This excellent book explains how time keeping has been regulated around the globe, why we need such an extrordinay degree of accuracy and how it is achieved. The book is well organised and the quite considerable technical information is presented in easy to digest portions with good diagrams to help. I found it necessary to re-read some sections to grasp just how the atomic clocks actually work but this book is about more than just caesium beams and fountains, it explains what happened to good old GMT, where the BBC time pips come from and 101 uses for an atomic clock. If you have ever wondered how GPS works or have even a passing interest in how the world keeps time you will enjoy this book. I recommend it.
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