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The story of measurement

Author: Andrew Robinson
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
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"This fully illustrated survey explains the ideas behind measurement units and measuring instruments, and shows how they are applied to both the physical universe - electrons, earth and stars - and the human body and mind." "Part fascinating history, part cutting-edge science, it explores everything measurable, from temperature, earthquakes and radioactivity to music, blood and social attitudes, as well as the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Robinson
ISBN: 9780500513675 0500513678
OCLC Number: 154707229
Description: 224 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.), ports. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
[pt]. 1. The meaning of measuring --
ch. 1. Going metric --
The measurement of the Earth by the ancient Greeks --
Latitude and longitude --
Figuring the shape of the Earth --
Measuring the metre --
The metrication of the world --
ch. 2. Numbers and mathematics --
Counting and accounting --
Tallies, quipus and abacuses --
Ancient numerals --
Number bases --
Zero and infinity --
Coordinates --
Geometry --
The golden ration --
Fractals --
Mathematics : natural or human? --
ch 3. Customary units --
Weight and density --
Length and distance --
Area and volume --
Angle --
Money and value --
Time --
ch. 4. Instruments and techniques --
Accuracy and precision, error and uncertainty --
How long is a piece of string? --
Telescopes --
Microscopes --
Thermometers --
Barometers --
Seismographs --
Geiger counters --
Spectrometers --
Lasers --
national institutions for measurement. [pt]. 2. Measuring nature --
ch. 5. Atoms --
Atoms and quantum theory --
Atomic clocks --
Radioactivity and isotopes --
The periodic table --
Ions and valency --
Chemical concentration --
Acidity and alkalinity --
Volume and pressure --
Temperature and energy --
Mass and the standard kilogram --
Materials, stress and strain --
Radiation and colour --
Relativity --
Sound --
Electricity and magnetism --
Nanotechnology --
ch. 6. Earth --
Compasses --
Surveying --
Satellites --
Weather and atmosphere --
Storms, hurricanes and tornadoes --
Lightning --
Climate change --
Geological eras --
Plate tectonics --
Earthquakes --
Tsunamis --
volcanoes --
Minerals, diamonds and gold --
Biological species --
ch. 7. Universe --
The heliocentric universe --
The motion of the planets --
The Moon --
Planets --
The Sun --
Stars --
Comets --
Black holes --
Constants of nature --
The expanding universe and the Big Bang. [pt]. 3. Measuring man --
ch. 8. Mind --
Language --
Verse metre and scansion --
Semaphore and Morse code --
Writing systems --
Shorthand --
Paper and book sizes --
Book and library classification --
Typography --
Photography --
Computing --
Tools, nails and screws --
Music and singing --
IQ and intelligence --
ch. 9. Body --
The human genome --
blood --
Medical scanning --
Eyes and lenses --
Body mass index --
Calorie count and food additives --
Alcohol content --
Air quality and pollen count --
Sun protection factor --
Medical prescriptions --
Disease incubation --
Pain --
Stress factors --
Textiles and togs --
ch. 10. Calendars --
Time zones --
Postal codes --
Opinion polls --
Censuses --
ID, truth and lies --
Race --
Military rank --
Gun calibre --
Economics --
Lotteries and gambling --
Sports and games --
Collective nouns --
Epilogue : The measure of all things --
Further reading --
Illustration credits --
Index.
Responsibility: Andrew Robinson.

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A guide to the human passion for measurement - of ourselves, our experiences, our surroundings and the universe.  Read more...

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by clayton994 (WorldCat user on 2008-04-27)

Part I. The meaning of measuring -- 1. Going metric -- 2. Number and mathematics -- 3. Customary units -- 4. Instruments and techniques -- Part II. Measuring nature -- 5. Atoms -- 6. Earth -- 7. Universe -- Part III. Measuring man -- 8. Mind -- 9. Body -- 10. Society -- Epilogue. The measure of all things.

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