God's Clockmaker : Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time Paperback / softback
by John North
Clocks became common in late medieval Europe and the measurement of time began to rule everyday life. "God's Clockmaker: Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time" is a biography of England's greatest medieval scientist, a man who solved major practical and theoretical problems to build an extraordinary and pioneering astronomical and astrological clock.
Richard of Wallingford (1292-1336), the son of a blacksmith, was a brilliant mathematician with a genius for the practical solution of technical problems.
Trained at Oxford, he became a monk and then abbot of the great abbey of St Albans, where he built his clock.
Although as abbot he held great power, he was also a tragic figure, becoming a leper.
His achievement, nevertheless, is a striking example of the sophistication of medieval science, based on knowledge handed down from the Greeks via the Arabs.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 464 pages, 1, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 09/11/2006
- Category: Biography: science, technology & engineering
- ISBN: 9781852855710
- Hardback from £53.79