The Story of Measurement

The Story of Measurement

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New from the author of the highly successful "The Story of Writing", here is the first fully illustrated guide to the human passion for measurement - of ourselves, our experiences, our surroundings and the universe - published at a time of great interest in popular science titles. Answering many of the questions of everyday life, and sure to appeal to a broad readership, the book is at once a valuable reference that every home should have, an important work that catalogues our obsession with quantifying the universe - and a wonderful gift.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 198 x 256 x 28mm | 1,102.22g
  • Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 334 illustrations, 153 in colour
  • 0500513678
  • 9780500513675
  • 439,509

Table of contents

Introduction; I. The Meaning of Measurement; 1. Surveying Creation; 2. Number and Mathematics; 3. Customary Units; 4. Instruments and Techniques; II. Measuring Nature; 5. Atoms; 6. Earth; 7. Universe; III. Measuring Man; 8. Mind; 9. Body; 10. Society; 11. The Measure of All Things.

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About Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson, former literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, is the author of numerous books, including the immensely popular The Story of Writing.

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