The Story of Measurement
- ISBN 9780500513675
- 25.40 x 19.20 cm
- 334 Illustrations, 153 in colour
- First published 2007
‘Sumptuous, a sensual pleasure to look at and look into … intelligently written and always rewarding to dip into’ – Geomatics World
‘Makes a good reference text but can easily be read cover to cover’ – Physics World
‘Covers not merely the obvious elements that we record, but also the more intriguing … crammed with illustrations’ – The Financial Times Magazine
Anyone interested in the role of science in everyday life will find in this marvellous book accessible, intelligent, visual and often entertaining answers to the questions we all ask about how we measure ourselves, or planet and the Universe.
Part fascinating history, part cutting-edge science, it explores everything measurable, from temperature, earthquakes and radioactivity to music, blood and social attitudes, as well as the origins of the metric system in the French Revolution.
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Andrew Robinson is the author of the bestselling The Story of Writing and many other books, including The Shape of the World and Earthshock and acclaimed biographies of Albert Einstein, Thomas Young and Satyajit Ray. Formerly literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, he is now a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.