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The science of measurement : a historical survey

Author: H Arthur Klein
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1988. ©1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Representing nearly 10 years of research effort, The Science of Measurement is considered a definitive book on the concepts and units by which we measure everything in our universe. Nontechnical in its approach, it is not only completely accessible to the general reader but as entertaining and fun to read as it is informative and comprehensive. -- from back cover.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klein, H. Arthur.
Science of measurement
(OCoLC)988771137
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Arthur Klein
ISBN: 0486258394 9780486258393
OCLC Number: 18414506
Notes: Reprint. Originally published: The world of measurements. New York : Simon & Schuster, 1974.
Includes index.
Description: 736 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: I. The Babel behind us: Profusion of confusions and contradictions --
Why in the world make much of measurement? --
Varieties of volumes --
Curiousities of capacity --
How far from here to there? --
More lore of length --
Covering the subject (Area and surface) --
Wayward weights --
II. Times in turmoil, and the origins of the metric system --
Keeping track of time --
Revolution and measurements --
Changing times in France --
Clock corrections of limited life --
Calendric curiousities --
Celestial clocks that can't keep step --
The greak sky clock by day and night --
Paths toward precision: Departure from the day and year in defining the basic time unit (the second) --
The limits of precision in our time --
III. The international system (SI) in action --
Linking lengths with light --
Meaningful lengths measured by the meter --
Matters of mass, weight, and acceleration --
Minimal mass units and the insights of mass-energy ("massergy") --
Massergies, mostly very large --
More about massergies, big and little --
Patterns of power, the time rate of energy --
Thermal power measurements, including some with weight for ordinary folks --
Light on light: Measurements and comparisons --
IV. This thermal universe --
On the track of temperature --
Termperature scales, fancy and plain (I. Roemer and Fahrenheit) --
From principles to practicalities in today's thermometry --
Introducing entropy, the measure of mixed-upness --
Further adventures in entropy --
More tools for thermal measurements - a mixed bag --
The role of radiation --
The ranges of radiation --
V. The body electric --
Arrival at the ampere, basic unit of electric current --
The volt of electromotive force, the Ohm of resistance and others --
The farad of capacitance, the Henry of Inductance, and some more --
Magnetic mates: The Weber of magnetic flux, the Tesla of magnetic flux density, and further items --
Electromagnetic measurements: A final survey --
VI. Problems of pressures, densities, strong drinks, sound, and flow --
Measurements at the bottom of the ocean of air --
Pilgrimage for Pascal --
The Pascal and other units for squeezing, stretching, and twisting --
Dealings with densities --
The lighter spirits and densitometry --
Now hear this! - Essentials of acoustic measurements --
Ring out, wild decibels! - Some measurements related to the defense of auditory integrities --
Smile the while... --
It's a drag! - Viscosity and its variations --
VII. Nuclear disintegrations and some other pressing problems --
Radioactive disruptions of matter, and the case of the Curie --
The road to the Roentgen, unit of exposure and dosage for ionizing radiations --
Arrival at the rep, the rad, and the rem, plus continuing problems of vital import to all the living and the yet-to-be-born --
Concerning units, critical and comic --
Eponymous processional - a last roundup of units --
Time-honored questions, referred to the reader for further consideration.
Other Titles: World of measurements
Responsibility: Herbert Arthur Klein.

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Representing nearly 10 years of research effort, The Science of Measurement is considered a definitive book on the concepts and units by which we measure everything in our universe. Nontechnical in its approach, it is not only completely accessible to the general reader but as entertaining and fun to read as it is informative and comprehensive. -- from back cover.

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