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The world of measurements : masterpieces, mysteries and muddles of metrology

Author: H Arthur Klein
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 1974.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klein, H. Arthur.
World of measurements.
New York : Simon and Schuster, [1974]
(OCoLC)604309023
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H Arthur Klein
ISBN: 0671215655 9780671215651
OCLC Number: 1174367
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 736 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 1 The Babel behind us: profusion of confusions and contradictions. Why in the world make much of measurement? Varieties of volumes. Curiosities of capacity. How far from here to there? More lore of length. Covering the subject (area and surface). Wayward weights. pt. 2 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 curiosities. Celestial clocks that can't keep step. The great sky clock by day and night. Paths toward precision: departure from the day to year in defining the basic time unit (the second). The limits of precision in our time. pt. 3 The international system in action. Linking lengths with light. Meaningful lengths measured by the meter.
Responsibility: H. Arthur Klein.

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