The Story of Measurement
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.
- Hardback | 224 pages
- 192 x 254 x 24.89mm | 1,080g
- 30 Nov 2007
- Thames & Hudson Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 181 Illustrations, black and white; 153 Illustrations, color
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
'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
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.