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Alder, Ken

Overview
Works: 30 works in 111 publications in 10 languages and 4,357 library holdings
Genres: History  Military history  Biography  Fiction 
Classifications: QB291, 526.1
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Most widely held works by Ken Alder
The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world by Ken Alder ( Book )
20 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In June 1792, the erudite and cosmopolitan Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and the cautious and scrupulous Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain set out from Paris -- one north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona to calculate the length of the meter. In the face of death threats from village revolutionary councils, superstitious peasants, and civil war, they had only their wits and their letters to each other for support. Their findings would be used to create what we now know as the metric system. Despite their painstaking and Herculean efforts, Mechain made a mistake in his calculations that he covered up. The guilty knowledge of his error drove him to the brink of madness, and in the end, he died in an attempt to correct himself. Only then was his mistake discovered. Delambre decided to seal all evidence of the error in a vault at the Paris Observatory. Two hundred year later, historian Ken Alder discovered the truth. With scintillating prose and wry wit, Alder uses these previously overlooked letters, diaries, and journals to bring to life a remarkable time when everything was open to question and the light of reason made every dream seem possible
The lie detectors : the history of an American obsession by Ken Alder ( Book )
7 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of the lie detector machine in America documents its early twentieth-century notoriety, role in promoting its creators' mutual enmity and failed careers, and function as an instrument of government secrecy, market research, and employment discrimination
Engineering the Revolution : arms and Enlightenment in France, 1763-1815 by Ken Alder ( Book )
27 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The French Revolution and Industrial Revolution together inaugurated the modern era. But recent historical "revisionists" have divorced eighteenth-century material conditions from concurrent political struggles. This book's anti-teleological approach repudiates technological determinism to document the forging of a new relationship between technology and politics in Revolutionary France. It does so through the history of a particular artifact - the gun. Expanding the "political" to include conflict over material objects, Ken Alder rethinks the nature of engineering rationality, the origins of mass production, and our interpretation of the French Revolution
The white bus by Ken Alder ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ira deals with his father's disapproval and prejudice on both sides of the color line when he rejects private school to attend his black friend's high school
The measure of the world by Ken Alder ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 190 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world by Ken Alder ( Book )
9 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator, a standard that has since swept the planet. The Measure of All Things is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for all nations and for all time." "Yet when Ken Alder located the long-lost correspondence between the two men, along with their mission log books, he stumbled upon a two-hundred-year-old secret, and a drama worthy of the great French playwrights. The meter, it turns out, is in error. One of the two astronomers, Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain, made contradictory measurements from Barcelona and, in a panic, covered up the discrepancy. The guilty knowledge of his misdeed drove him to the brink of madness, and ultimately to his death. Only then - after the meter had already been publicly announced - did his partner, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre, discover the truth and face a fateful choice: what matters more, the truth or the appearance of the truth?"--BOOK JACKET
Mesurer le monde : 1792-1799 : l'incroyable histoire de l'invention du mètre by Ken Alder ( Book )
4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in French and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
En 1792, deux astronomes Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre et Pierre-François André Méchain sont chargés de définir le mètre en suivant l'arc méridien qui va de Dunkerque à Barcelone en passant par Paris, pour mettre un terme à la multitude des mesures existantes. En se basant sur des documents d'époque, l'auteur relate à la façon d'une enquête historique cette aventure scientifique qui dura sept ans
The measure of all things [the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world] by Ken Alder ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of the creation of the metric system in 1792 traces the endeavors of Delambre and Méchain, the backlash of superstitious contemporaries, and the mistake that drove Méchain to the brink of madness
The measure of all things [the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world] by Ken Alder ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Das Mass der Welt : die Suche nach dem Urmeter by Ken Alder ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in German and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
De maat van alle dingen : de zevenjarige zoektocht naar de universele meter by Ken Alder ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in Dutch and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La medida de todas las cosas : la odisea de siete años y el error oculto que transformaron el mundo by Ken Alder ( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in Spanish and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La misura di tutte le cose : l'avventurosa storia dell'invenzione del sistema metrico decimale by Ken Alder ( Book )
3 editions published in 2002 in Italian and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The measure of all things the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world by Ken Alder ( )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tells the story of astronomers Jean-Baptiste Delambre and Pierre-Francois Mechain, who set out in 1792 to measure the section of meridian arc from Dunkerque to Barcelona to establish the meter as the common standard of measure, and discusses the error made by Mechain that has been perpetuated through the centuries
Wan wu de chi du : yi ge li xiang . liang ge ke xue jia . qi nian de ce liang he yi ge gong zhi dan wei de dan sheng by Ken Alder ( Book )
1 edition published in 2005 in Chinese and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Uso hakkenki yo eiennare : Seigi no kikai ni toritsukareta hitobito by Ken Alder ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in Japanese and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Världens mått : berättelsen om hur metersystemet förändrade världen by Ken Alder ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in Swedish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Banbutsu no shakudo o motomete : Mētoruhō o sadameta shigosen daikeisoku ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in Japanese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Innovation and amnesia : engineering rationality and the fate of interchangeable parts manufacturing in France by Ken Alder ( )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A medida de todas as coisas : a odisséia de sete anos e o erro encoberto que transformaram o mundo by Ken Alder ( Book )
1 edition published in 2003 in Portuguese and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
オールダー, ケン
Languages
English (76)
Spanish (5)
German (4)
French (4)
Japanese (4)
Italian (3)
Dutch (2)
Chinese (1)
Portuguese (1)
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