Thursday, March 7, 2013

"Spring Forward" This Weekend

Daylight Saving Time starts Sunday, March 10, at 2:00 AM, so don’t forget to set your clocks an hour ahead before you go to bed on Saturday.  Why do we "spring forward" in March and "fall back" in November?  Christopher Klein shares some interesting facts and debunks some common misconceptions about DST in “8 Things You May Not Know about Daylight Saving Time.”

If you find the intangible nature of time intriguing, you may enjoy Joe Ellen Barnett’s Time’s Pendulum:  The Quest to Capture Time—From Sundials to Atomic Clocks, an examination of the ways humans, throughout history, have tried to quantify time.  Or if you like biographies, you might prefer Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind by Kitty Ferguson.  In this readable account, "Ferguson replaces the iconic, but static image of cosmologist Hawking with flesh and blood," writes Publishers Weekly.  Moving back to the eighteenth century, Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Problem of His Time adds yet another human dimension to the history of measuring time.  In Longitude, Dava Sobel, award-winning science writer for the New York Times and author of Galileo's Daughter, describes John Harrison's epic struggle to create a chronometer to help sailors circumnavigate the globe.

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