The Measure of All Things: The Seven-year Odyssey that Transformed the World

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Abacus, 2004 - Astronomers - 466 pages
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The Measure of All Things tells the story of how science, revolutionary politics and the dream of a new economy converged to produce both the metric system and the first struggle over globalization.Amidst the scientific fervour of the Revolution two French scientists, Delambre and Mechain, were sent out on an expedition to measure the shape of the world and thereby establish the metre.As one scientist went north along the French meridian and the other south, they could not know the deadly obstacles that lay ahead. Delambre narrowly escaped the guillotine on the outskirts of Paris, while Mechain was trapped behind enemy lines in the way against Spain and imprisoned. It was to be seven years before they received a hero's welcome in Paris.

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Review: The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World

User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

I read this book for a class on the history of technology. While it was a bit difficult to really get into at first, I ultimately enjoyed it. Alder's writing style is quite engaging and pulls you in ... Read full review

Review: The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World

User Review  - Gospodyina - Goodreads

Took FOREVER to read. I think if I were more of a Francophile I'd have enjoyed it more. Read full review

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