A Dictionary of Weights, Measures and Units

A Dictionary of Weights, Measures and Units

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By (author) Donald Fenna

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 354 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 26 October 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198605226
  • ISBN 13: 9780198605225
  • Illustrations note: numerous tables
  • Sales rank: 675,628

Product description

This comprehensive and authoritative dictionary provides clear definitions of units, prefixes, and styles of weights and measures within the Systeme International (SI), as well as traditional, and industry-specific units. It also includes general historical and scientific background, covering the development of the sequential definitions and sizing of units. This new reference work will prove invaluable to professional scientists, engineers, technicians as well as to students and the general user. * Over 1,600 clear and concise entries complete with historical background * Covers a broad range of disciplines, including astronomy, electromagnetics, geology, photography, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and temperature * Notes on associated terminology * Numerous tables, including the geochronologic scale and the equation of time * Comprehensive coverage of the whole Systeme International

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Author information

After working as a research scientist at the Weapons Research Establishment for the Commonwealth of Australia, as a systems analyst for the Australian Department of Defence, and as the Assistant Director-General for the Australian telecommunications authority, Donald Fenna was made a Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He has over 60 publications in learned journals and books covering mathematics, management, computing, and medicine, including Elsevier's Encyclopedic Dictionary of Measures.

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION ; A-Z DICTIONARY ; ENDNOTES