history of time

An 1874 Citizen Science Project Studying the Aurora Borealis Helped inspire Time Zones

For millennia, humans have gazed at the northern lights with wonder, pondering their nature and source. Even today, these once mysterious phenomena still evoke awe, though we understand them a little better now. Still, most of our knowledge about the northern lights has come recently, in the last century or two. Astronomers and meteorologists of the […]

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Available Now: “The Clocks are telling Lies.”

Today’s the day! The Clocks are Telling Lies is available now in bookstores near you. The book is a scholarly investigation into the early days of global timekeeping, when engineers and astronomers vied for control over how the world would coordinate their clocks. If that sounds interesting, here’s what to expect: Its a five-part book:

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