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Beyond Measure : The Hidden History of Measurement

Beyond Measure : The Hidden History of Measurement by James Vincent

Author: James Vincent

£12.99

Available on backorder

Format:Paperback

Page Count:432

Date Published:1 Jun 2023

ISBN:9780571354221

Synopsis

THE TIMES SCIENCE BOOK OF THE YEAR, NEW YORKER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR, FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY.

A revelatory and vibrant story of measurement which will make you look at the world around you anew.

We measure rainfall and radiation, the depths of space and the emptiness of atoms, calories and steps, happiness and pain. But how did measurement become ubiquitous in modern life? When did humanity first take up scales and rulers, and why does this practice hold authority over so many aspects of our lives?Written with vim and dazzling intelligence, James Vincent provides a fresh and original perspective on human history as he tracks our long search for dependable truths in a chaotic universe. Full of mavericks and visionaries, adventure and the unexpected, Beyond Measure shows that measurement has not only made the world we live in, it has made us too.

‘An epic story about humankind’s relationship with the physical world. Vincent is an erudite and perceptive guide, who with energy and skill weaves history, science and reportage into an enthralling tale.’

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