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God's Clockmaker : Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time, Paperback / softback Book

God's Clockmaker : Richard of Wallingford and the Invention of Time Paperback / softback


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
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  • Category: Biography: science, technology & engineering
  • ISBN: 9781852855710

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