A Measure of All Things: The Story of Man and Measurement

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Macmillan, Aug 7, 2007 - Reference - 160 pages
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Every wonder how long a cubit really is? How much is in a hogshead and what it refers to? Or the difference between a light year, a parsec and a Planck length? How many pings there are in an acre and who uses which term in what context? Every wonder where all these terms and formats came from and how they are used? Well, wonder no more!
     In the tradition of Schott's Miscellany, A Measure of All Things is a well-researched page-turning, illustrated look at the way things concrete and theoretical are and have been measured. It ranges from the history of measurement systems (from the earliest times to the present) to the different classes of measurements (length, area, volume, mass, time, temparature, speed, power, energy, pressure and everyday, unscientific measurements). A Measure of All Things covers the origins of the various units of measurement, the ways in which they developed and changed over time, and the many connections between them. 
  

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Contents

Early Forms of Measurement 10 Liquid Barrel Volumes
60
The Origins of the Metric System 20 Mass
66
A Measure
87
The unirerse is written in the lansiay? of mathematics and its characters
110
A Measure of A Measure
123
Measuring Geological Age 93 FUdioactivity
130
SI Units of Speed 98
142
What Is Force? M0 Typography
152
18 Index
158
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IAN WHITELAW is an editor and writer who focuses primarily on scientific subjects. His work ranges from the very serious to the not-so-serious, including Habitus Disgustus: The Encyclopedia of Annoying, Rude and Unpleasant Behavior (Plume, 2006) and various writings on environmental topics for Greenpeace. He lives in Vancouver Island, Canada.

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