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Measuring America : how an untamed wilderness shaped the United States and fulfilled the promise of democracy

Author: Andro Linklater
Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Linklater's fascinating, provocative and eye-opening story of why America has ended up with its unique system of weights and measures, is explained in this volume that also shows how it has shaped the culture and country.
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Genre/Form: History
Surveys
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andro Linklater
ISBN: 0802713963 9780802713964
OCLC Number: 50143791
Description: 310 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The invention of landed property --
2. Precise confusion--
3. Who owned America --
4. Life, liberty, or what --
5. Simple arithmetic --
6. A line drawn in the wilderness --
7. The French dimension --
8. Democratic decimals --
9. The birth of the metric system --
10. Dombey's luck --
11. The end of Putnam --
12. The immaculate grid --
13. The shape of cities --
14. Hassler's passion --
15. The dispossessed --
16. The limit of enclosure --
17. Four against ten --
18. Metric triumphant --
Epilogue : the witness tree.
Responsibility: Andro Linklater.
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Linklater's fascinating, provocative and eye-opening story of why America has ended up with its unique system of weights and measures, is explained in this volume that also shows how it has shaped the culture and country.

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