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Author: Warwick Cairns
Publisher: London : Macmillan, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In part a case for the continued use of traditional British measures, this book also celebrates the richness and commonality of systems from around the world, and how they were formed by the one guiding principle of measurement no one ever mentions: that most of us have better things to think about."--BOOK JACKET.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Warwick Cairns
ISBN: 9780230016286 0230016286
OCLC Number: 141379882
Description: 155 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The principle of repeated bodges --
The builder's measuring boot --
The carpenter's hand tools --
Rules of thumb --
The DIY ruler --
Shoe sizes, vegetables and little things --
A stick as long as your leg --
Pick your own numbers --
The human weighing scales --
The long walk --
A collection of kitchenware --
The future.
Responsibility: Warwick Cairns.

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