About the Size of It

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Pan, 2008 - Measurement - 155 pages
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Why does the size of a space shuttle's fuel tanks have more to do with a horse's rump than rocket science? Is there a correlation between the humble pint and the capacity of the human bladder? And why is an old Wellington boot as important an instrument of spacial awareness as was ever invented? About the Size of It is a hugely entertaining history of traditional weights and measures that will make you look at your everyday world in a completely different way . . .

'A full and convincing account of why our well-tried and trusted traditional measures make human sense' Alexander McCall Smith

'His direct, engaging conversational prose is a delight to read... inspirational' Andrew Roberts

'Absolutely masterly. Lucid and wise and touching and absolutely right' Jilly Cooper

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

An enjoyable little read but either the book could have been one third of the size or more complete by discussing other forms of measurement, anything from chains and rods to temperature and fir, (horse power, newtons etc). At least I now know how long a league is, or isn't. Read full review

Review: About The Size Of It

User Review  - Goodreads

An enjoyable little read but either the book could have been one third of the size or more complete by discussing other forms of measurement, anything from chains and rods to temperature and fir, (horse power, newtons etc). At least I now know how long a league is, or isn't. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Born in 1962 in Dagenham, Warwick Cairns now lives in Windsor with his wife and two daughters. After studying English and Psychology at Keele and English at Yale, he went on to drill wells on a Sioux reservation in Dakota and travel to Africa with Wilfred Thesiger, before settling on a career in advertising. This is his first book.

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