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
  • 192 x 254 x 24.89mm | 1,080g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 181 Illustrations, black and white; 153 Illustrations, color
  • 0500513678
  • 9780500513675
  • 499,182

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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'Covers not merely the obvious elements that we record, but also the more intriguing ... crammed with illustrations' - Financial Times Magazine 'Makes a good reference text but can easily be read cover to cover' - Physics World 'Sumptuous, a sensual pleasure to look at and look into ... intelligently written and always rewarding to dip into' - Geomatics World
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About Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson has written more than 25 books on the arts and sciences. They include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, India: A Short History and Earthshock, which won the Association of Earth Science Editors Outstanding Publication Award, plus Earth-Shattering Events . A regular contributor to such magazines as Current World Archaeology, History Today, The Lancet, Nature and Science, he has also been literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.
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