A History of Time
Chapter title – Calendar – First Timekeeping Device
The word “calendar,” has five definitions, according to Dictionary.com:
1. table or register with the days of each month and week in a year: Example – He marked the date on his calendar.
2. any of various systems of reckoning time, especially with reference to the beginning, length, and divisions of the year. Compare Chinese calendar, Gregorian calendar, Hindu calendar, Jewish calendar, Julian calendar, Muslim calendar.
3. a list or register: especially one arranged chronologically, as of appointments, work to be done, or cases to be tried in a court.
4. a list: in the order to be considered, of bills, resolutions, etc., brought before a legislative body.
5. Obsolete: a guide or example.
This book will cover definition # 2, the systems humans have developed to reckon, or divide, time into useful units. The word calendar derives from a Middle English word that arose in the late Twelfth Century. The word has origins in the Latin word “kalendarium,” which means, “account book.”
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