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World in the balance : the historic quest for an absolute system of measurement

Author: Robert P Crease
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Offers the story of the invention of a global network of weights, scales, and instruments for measurement.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert P Crease
ISBN: 9780393072983 0393072983
OCLC Number: 668194854
Description: 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The noonday cannon --
Vitruvian man --
Ancient China : feet and flutes --
West Africa : gold weights --
France : "realities of life and labor" --
Halting steps toward universality --
"One of the greatest triumphs of modern civilization" --
Metrophilia and metrophobia --
Surely you're joking, Mr. Duchamp! --
Dreams of a final standard --
Universal system : the Si --
The modern metroscape --
Au revoir, kilogram.
Responsibility: Robert P. Crease.
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