British Time

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MR. D. de CARLE has assembied a great deai of interesting information regardirig the standardization and distribution of time in Great Britain. The majority of peopie take for granted the accurate time available from such sources as the B.B.C. time signnls, Big Ben and ‘TIM'. After a brief opening chapter on various early forms of time-keepers, the author deals with the history and present constitution of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich ; this chapter brings out the astonishirig accuracy with which time is measured and distributed over the radio, and further emphasizes the fact that the pendulum clock is giving way to the quartz-crystal clock when the highest possible accuracy is required.

British Time

By Donald de Carle. Pp. 199 + 47 plates. (London: Crosby Lockwood and Son, Ltd., 1947.) 15s. net.

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FELL, R. British Time. Nature 162, 6 (1948) doi:10.1038/162006b0

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