A Measure of Everything

A Measure of Everything

An Illustrated Guide to the Science of Measurement

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a guide to what is measured and why and different types of measurements.

Firefly Books Ltd
A wide-ranging guide to units of measure including earth and life sciences, physical sciences and technology, and leisure. Topics include astronomy, medicine, temperature, chemistry, food, currency, and photography.

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
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)

Publisher: Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781554070893
Branch Call Number: 530.81 Measure 2005
Characteristics: 224 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 23 cm


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