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Measure of Everything: An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Measurement

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Publisher Comments:

A comprehensive reference and history book on what is measured and why.

Measurement is one of humankind's oldest and most vital activities. By measuring height, speed, size, temperature, strength and many other factors, humans can compare, improve and progress. In fact, measurement is an essential tool for survival.

A Measure of Everything is a wide-ranging and comprehensive guide to what is measured and why.

The book begins when the basic measurements were as simple as more, less and enough. As societies evolved, relative measurements were no longer sufficient. Advances in language allowed more precise measurements. Short distances were measured in relation to parts of the human body. For example, the ancient measurement cubit was the length of a pharaoh's arm plus the width of his hand.

As society and culture progress and change, so do measurements. The rise of astronomy and the sciences demanded more exact measurements. These measurements are typically named after the discovering scientist, e.g., henry, curie, watt, rutherford, fahrenheit.

This book features 28 categories organized into three sections: Earth and Life Sciences astronomy, distance, time, meteorology, medicine, and five others.Physical Sciences chemistry, mathematics, physics, speed, weight, temperature, and three others.Technology and Leisure computers, engineering, finance, food, textiles, and four others.

A Measure of Everything is an informative and entertaining book that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Book News Annotation:

How does a maxwell differ from a henry? How big is a sheaf? How many pence were in a groat? Finally, someone has gathered all the measurement systems imaginable in one place and made them easy to understand. Sorted by topic and indexed, entries come from earth and life sciences (including astronomy, distance, geology, land area, medicine, minerals and metals, time, and living things), physical sciences (including chemistry, electricity, temperature, light, mathematics, physics, energy, speed and mass), and technology and leisure (including computers, engineering, distance, food, liquids, publishing, textiles, music, and photography). Many entries are illustrated, and all have a concise description and notes on how they relate to other units of measure when necessary. Those who struggle with bushels and pecks will find relief here, as will those who cannot for the life of them remember standard drill sizes or the formula for wind chill factor.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

How does a maxwell differ from a henry? How big is a sheaf? How many pence were in a groat? Finally, someone has gathered all the measurement systems imaginable in one place and made them easy to understand. Sorted by topic and indexed, entries come from earth and life sciences (including astronomy, distance, geology, land area, medicine, minerals and metals, time, and living things), physical sciences (including chemistry, electricity, temperature, light, mathematics, physics, energy, speed and mass), and technology and leisure (including computers, engineering, distance, food, liquids, publishing, textiles, music, and photography). Many entries are illustrated, and all have a concise description and notes on how they relate to other units of measure when necessary. Those who struggle with bushels and pecks will find relief here, as will those who cannot for the life of them remember standard drill sizes or the formula for wind chill factor. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Measurement is one of humankind's oldest and most vital activities. This reference is a wide-ranging and comprehensive guide to what is measured and why.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781554070893
Subtitle:
An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Measurement
Editor:
Joseph, Christopher
Editor:
Joseph, Christopher
Contribution:
Parfitt, Adam
Contribution:
Price, David
Contribution:
Parfitt, Adam
Contribution:
Price, David
Publisher:
Firefly Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Mensuration
Subject:
Weights & Measures
Subject:
Weights and measures
Subject:
Physical measurements
Publication Date:
February 2006
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.02x6.32x.57 in. 1.14 lbs.

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