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Revolution in Time: Clocks and the Making of the Modern World
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By David Landes

According to the author, the mechanical clock is the key invention on which the modern world pivots. Our worldwide economy requires coordinating the efforts of hundreds of millions of people, and this would be impossible without the clock.

This book is a fascinating synthesis of technological, social, and economic history. Odds are that this will be one of the most significant books you will ever read.

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