The Origins of Things (or how the hour got its minutes)


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The modern calendar was invented by a sixth-century A.D. monk named Dennis the Little?  Ancient Athenians use randomly chosen juries to judge the accused?  A second-century A.D. scholar at the Alexandria Library invented longitude and latitude to map the known world?  King Solomon's artisans developed a (somewhat primitive) value for pi ? the hour got its minutes?