Marking Time Workshop (Jan. 3, 4, 5)

Why do we measure days in two cycles of twelve hours? Who invented clocks, and why do they turn clockwise? Why do some months have 30 days while others have 31?

Clocks and the calendar are such vital parts of life that we often take them for granted, but the story of their evolution is an interesting one. This workshop is a romp through time that begins in ancient Egypt, where astronomers divided the days and nights into twelve temporal hours, takes us to Rome, where they organized the calendar, and moves on through medieval Europe, where clocks were developed to summon the faithful to prayer. Our tour ends at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, where the rules of time do not apply.

Live Classes: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, January 3, 4, and 5, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

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