The year 2022 is drawing to a close: it’s time to flip the calendars and raise a toast to the successes of 2023. This collection of stories will introduce you to competing conceptions of time, teach you how to build a clock with incense, and help you to understand the mysteries of the Gregorian calendar (finally).
September 22, 2022
In country that followed a time-keeping system with variable hours, the fixed-hour clock of the Europeans had only symbolic value.
January 1, 2016
Why do we celebrate the beginning of the New Year on the first of January? Julius Caesar, mostly.
May 13, 2020
Does it explain why we’re having so much trouble sleeping?
July 12, 2017
Do we need two distinct conceptions of time, chronos (clock time) vs. kairos (real time), to understand Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel?
February 16, 2017
Pessimism is on the rise. Mercurial politicians, rising nationalism and isolationism, international bluster, a changing climate, mass protests, ...
March 2, 2018
The astrolabe was a revolutionary tool for calculating celestial positions and local time. The device's design dates back to Islamic antiquity.
August 25, 2022
As chronicled by Chinese poet Yu Jianwu, the use of fire and smoke for time measurement dates back to at least the sixth century CE.
October 13, 2022
Writings from a women's prison in the 1930s grapple with philosophical questions on time and life. “The mere lapse of years is not life.”
July 2, 2015
The 1752 British transition from Julian to Gregorian calendar added 11 days to people's lives.
February 26, 2015
Carbon-14, or radiocarbon, was discovered 75 years ago by Martin Kamen and Sam Rubin at the UC-Berkely Radiation Lab
September 19, 2022
The complicated system that determines the High Holy Days is a relatively new creation, dating to around 350 CE.
March 15, 2022
Everybody remembers that the Ides of March was the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. But what does it mean, and why that day?
January 2, 2022
Many scholars contrast linear and cyclical time and note that cycles were an important part of Maya concepts of temporal reality.
May 23, 2018
What ever happened to "the most radical attempt in modern history to challenge the Western standard temporal reference framework?"
September 18, 2016
Boston is considering joining the Atlantic time zone. How did Americans decide on time zones anyway?
January 10, 2018
What constitutes adulthood has never been self-evident or value-neutral. Queer lives follow their own temporal logic.
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