A Measure of Everything: An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Measurement

By: Joseph, Christopher [Editor]; Parfitt, Adam [Contributor]; Price, David [Contributor];

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A comprehensive reference and history book on what is measured and why.

Measurement is one of humankind's oldest and most vital activities. By measuring height, speed, size, temperature, strength and many other factors, humans can compare, improve and progress. In fact, measurement is an essential tool for survival.

A Measure of Everything is a wide-ranging and comprehensive guide to what is measured and why.

The book begins when the basic measurements were as simple as more, less and enough. As societies evolved, relative measurements were no longer sufficient. Advances in language allowed more precise measurements. Short distances were measured in relation to parts of the human body. For example, the ancient measurement cubit was the length of a pharaoh's arm plus the width of his hand.

As society and culture progress and change, so do measurements. The rise of astronomy and the sciences demanded more exact measurements. These measurements are typically named after the discovering scientist, e.g., henry, curie, watt, rutherford, fahrenheit.

This book features 28 categories organized into three sections:

  • Earth and Life Sciences astronomy, distance, time, meteorology, medicine, and five others.
  • Physical Sciences chemistry, mathematics, physics, speed, weight, temperature, and three others.
  • Technology and Leisure computers, engineering, finance, food, textiles, and four others.

A Measure of Everything is an informative and entertaining book that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Title: A Measure of Everything: An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Measurement

Author Name: Joseph, Christopher [Editor]; Parfitt, Adam [Contributor]; Price, David [Contributor];

Categories: Measurement,

Publisher: Firefly Books: 2006-01-12

ISBN Number: 1554070899

ISBN Number 13: 9781554070893

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Used: Very Good

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: SKU20140211