The Story of Measurement
The first fully illustrated guide to the human passion for measurement: of our experiences, our surroundings, and the universe.
This lively survey covers an astonishing array of subjects, from the earliest currency to the birth of the meter, from the force of hurricanes to body mass index, from air pressure, earthquakes, and pollen counts to happiness, blood types, and intelligence. Each measuring method is put into its proper historical context and explained in detail.
The book follows the same format as Andrew Robinson's popular "The Story of Writing," It is organized into three broad sections--The Meaning of Measurement, Measuring Nature, and Measuring Man--which are then broken down into chapters. Each chapter features a series of self-contained spreads that deal with a specific topic. The wide range of illustrations spans the history of the world and its diverse cultures. 250 illustrations, 120 in color.
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Chapter 6 Earth
THE MEANING OF MEASURING 18 Atmosphere Storms Hurricanes and Tornadoes
Ancient Numerals Number Bases Zero and Infinity Holes Constants of Nature The Expanding Universe
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