Time Restored: The Harrison timekeepers and R.T. Gould, the man who knew (almost) everything Paperback – 19 May 2011
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Horologist and author Jonathan Betts, the current curator of the Harrison timekeepers at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, has crafted a chronicle of a poignant moment in the history of time. Time Restored, his extensively researched biography of Rupert Gould, brings back the man who brought back John Harrison's sea clocks. Just as Gould lovingly restored the long-neglected timepieces (now recognized as national treasures) Betts has taken apart Gould's tumultuous life and reassembled it in perfectly readable order ― sea serpents and all. (Dava Sobel, author of Longitude, Galileos Daughter and The Planets)
Betts has produced a finely crafted biography full of lovingly observed insight into Gould's character, including his many personal failings. But the book is much more than a biography (Lisa Jardine, Nature)
Time Restored, like the works of the subject R.T. Gould, is an important contribution to horological literature. It is very accessible and highly recommended. (Horological Journal)
Betts tells his tale very well. In addition to being a 'good read', Time Restored is a work of considerate scholarship; there are over 400 footnotes and six appendices including a bibliography reading list, and glossary. Most usefully there is a comprehensive index...Packed with information for the serious student of horology, there is also so much in this book for the general reader, especially those interested in social history. (QP Magazine)
About the Author
National Maritime Museum
Greenwich SE10 9NF
Jonathan Betts, Senior Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, took the British Horological Institute finals in Technical Horology in 1975, and was awarded the Tremayne National Prize for Practical watchmaking. For the following five years he practiced as a
self-employed Horology Conservator. In 1980 he was appointed Senior Horology Conservation Officer at the National Maritime Museum and in 1989 was presented the NMM's Callender award for his contribution to Horological Conservation. He was appointed Curator of Horology in 1990 and became Senior
Curator in 2004.
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Top Customer Reviews
Mine is from the latest(?)reprint 1976.
First edition came 1923.
Many are those who have tried and few have really come to a complete book.
This is the Bible of the The Marine Chronometer.
Not one word to add.
2006 was this book, 'Time Restored', released about the author Rupert T.Gould, written by Jonathan Betts.
That is one of the most fascinating and touching biographies I ever read. About anyone.
It's a formidable well documented and an adventure to read.
Poignant and informative about the person Rupert Gould, 1890-1948.
Nearly on each of the over 450 pages, you get astonished over something.
What a man and what a life, still in 'modern' times.
The word omniscient has never been more correct to use.
It's an amazing book, which I still remeber,
even though I read it in November 2006.
Time for re-reading it now.
Please, if you ever want read a good book, join me.
You don't even have to be intersted in Marine Chronometers,
it just strengthen the meeting with Gould, and was only one side of him.
Who ever yoy are, what ever your intersts are, as long it's about extraorsinary men, read this book!
It's a bargain !!
If like me, and I'm in my cynical seventies you stood in the doorway at Greenwich and had to catch your breath before advancing on the four H's not forgetting the super K, you might need a copy in every room!
Such achievements would be remarkable enough in a man who had devoted a long life entirely to his interests. Yet Gould died aged only 58, worked for years in a relatively humdrum office job, and was prone throughout adulthood to mental illness. As Betts notes in this exceptionally well-researched and sympathetic biography, he was confined, speechless, to bed for the best part of a year by his first breakdown, suffered three further severe outbreaks of depression thereafter, and could be prostrated by any one of several irrational fears, including those of being struck by lightning and getting caught up in a revolution. These frailties undoubtedly restricted his output, and so did a dubious talent for taking on far too many commitments. Among numerous projects begun but never finished were books titled Nine Days' Wonders and Mares' Nests -- works fit to rank with Fort's X and Y in the damned library of lost literature - and a proposed study of bisexuality, The Third Sex, which would certainly have seemed pretty radical had it been published, as planned, in 1947.Read more ›
Horribly expensive for a book, but my son adored it.
Would have got a full five stars but for the price
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fascinating account of an equally fascinating life, written in a very accessible style. Highly recommended.Published 2 months ago by Pete W
Purchased as a gift. It was well read and has taken pride of place on his book shelf. A recommended book if your interests are clocks and clock makers and conservators.Published on 26 Feb. 2014 by Buzz Read
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