Beyond the Book: Background information when reading Tinkers

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by Paul Harding

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    Jan 2009, 192 pages
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Protagonist George Crosby's love for repairing clocks is a prominent theme in Tinkers, which includes references to a fictional 1783 book called The Reasonable Horologist.

Horology encompasses both the science of measuring time and the art of making time pieces.  Thus, horologists include watchmakers, clockmakers, scholars, scientists and hobbyists.  Humans have long been concerned with recording the passage of time - from Stonehenge to calendar stones to sundials and atomic clocks*, civilizations have sought the most precise way to record time. Today, we can pull up the official United States time with just a few keystrokes!

There are numerous museums and libraries around the world devoted to horology and time-keeping instruments. One such is the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania which features regular exhibits, a library of horology materials and is home to the National Association of Watch and Clock ...

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