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|The date for the earliest Egyptian calandar was modified and a reference was added.|
|Substantial revision by Collier N. Smith, with much valuable input and advice from Donald B. Sullivan, chief of the Time and Frequency Division.|
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|Based on the K. Higgins, D. Miner, "A Walk Through Time," Department of Commerce Publication|
|This brief essay on the history of timekeeping was conceived and written by Kent Higgins and illustrated by Darwin Miner, of the Program Information Office of the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in about 1975, and printed in booklet form for distribution to visitors to the Boulder Laboratories. It was reprinted several times, with small revisions principally by Collier N. Smith, over the next 20 years.|
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