Throughout history, mankind has been absorbed with understanding the concept of Time and has used the ‘tick-tock’ of nature (whether the cycles of sun, stars, moon, or the vibrations of the atom) to develop devices to tell when things should happen.
All kinds of other things (whether the flowing of water, the burning of wax or the falling of sand) have been used to tell how long things should take. A third class of tools (bells, guns, and alarm clocks) has alerted us to the now – to get something done. As civilization has progressed, the social context of who needed to tell the time - whether civic leaders, the church, merchants, or individuals – has varied dramatically.
Equally, there has been a continuing drive towards greater accuracy, driven by the needs of navigators, commerce and scientists. But a significant feature of time-telling has been our perception of the transience of our own lives. This appears to have resulted in two things. Firstly, time-telling devices have always been produced with exceptional intricacy, craftsmanship and beauty. Secondly, while poets understand time, philosophers and scientists have struggle.
On Saturday 16 July Mr Kevin Karney, a specialist lecturer on tour from the UK, will give a talk on “Telling Time Throughout the Ages” to members of ADFAS Noosa.
Kevin was educated at Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge. With a great-grandfather and uncle who were both notable gnomonists (those interested in sundials), he has had a lifelong interest in the subject of time telling - from both a technical and historical perspective. His specific technical expertise relates to the Equation-of-Time, which - discovered by the Greeks - is the variation between Mean Time and Solar Time. He has lectured extensively on the subject of time telling and cosmology to both specialist and general audiences in the UK, France, USA and Australia
ADFAS (Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society) Australia comprises 38 societies and is modeled on the successful UK arts appreciation organisation NADFAS. ADFAS Noosa Inc hosts Saturday afternoon lectures on a monthly basis for its members at St Mary’s Church in Tewantin to which visitors are very welcome – a $25 entry fee applies.
For further information call 5448 2394.
To book ring or email Sharon Hyde 5448 2394 firstname.lastname@example.org
Telling the Time Throughout the Ages
3:45pm - 4:00pm
Saturday 16 July 2016
St Mary's Church Hall, Tewantin
$25 for visitors: bookings essential.
St Mary’s Church Hall, 17 William Street, Tewantin
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