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A measure of all things : the story of man and measurement

Author: Ian Whitelaw
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Do you know the difference between a dash, a pinch, a smidgen, and a drop? How many points in a pica, or picas in an inch? The difference between a foot, a manual foot and a natural foot? How much is in a Balthazar vs. a Melchior? What classic American writer took his name from a measurement? What is the shortest length of time and the smallest possible distance? Featuring over 300 units of measurement, their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Whitelaw
ISBN: 9781741751819 1741751810
OCLC Number: 156438955
Description: 1 volume
Contents: Systems of measurement --
A measure of length --
A measure of area --
A measure of volume and capacity --
A measure of mass --
A measure of temperature --
A measure of time --
A measure of speed --
A measure of force and pressure --
A measure of energy and power --
A measurement miscellany.
Responsibility: Ian Whitelaw.

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From the supermarket to the superconductor, measurements are an integral part of our lives. Discover the origins of our units of measurement, the ways they have developed and changed over time and  Read more...

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