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

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The progression and evolution of measurement has run parallel to the development of civilisation. From early systems that made universal trade possible all the way to modern methods that allow investigation, understanding and control of the chemical, physical and biological processes of the natural world. Understand the origins of our units of measurement, who discovered them, the ways in which they have developed and changed over time and the many connections between them. Together units of measurement help us to fathom the scale of the universe and give mankind a set of tools that enable us to think in detail about the physical world and extend our knowledge.

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New Scientist The ideal book for quiz buffs --New Scientist

BBC Focus This curious little book is neither a reference work with comprehensive and precise conversion tables, nor a rambling discursive treatise. Rather, it takes the form of a guidebook to the world of weights and measures --BBC Focus

Good Book Guide This is a fascinating and orderly compilation of different forms of measurement. --Good Book Guide

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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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