Measure Of All Things, The

Measure Of All Things, The

The Seven-year Odyssey And Hidden Error That Transformed The World

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The story of the creation of the metric system in 1792 traces the endeavors of Delambre and Mâechain, the backlash of superstitious contemporaries, and the mistake that drove Mâechain to the brink of madness.

Blackwell North Amer
Amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator, a standard that has since swept the planet. The Measure of All Things is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for all nations and for all time.

Baker
& Taylor

The story of the creation of the metric system in 1792 traces the endeavors of Delambre and MTchain, the backlash of superstitious contemporaries, the impact of the French Revolution, and the mistake that drove MTchain to the brink of madness. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: Free Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780743216753
074321675X
Characteristics: 422 p.

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Apr 07, 2015

A very enlightening book about the struggle to measure the length of the meridian from Dunkirk to Barcelona and calculate the meter. Interwoven in the story are the perils of the French Revolution when many patrons of the scientists are beheaded for having royal ties.

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