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    Measure of All Things The Story of Man and Measurement

    ISBN-10: 0312370261
    ISBN-13: 9780312370268
    Author(s): Ian Whitelaw
    Description: Do you know?: The difference between a dash, a pinch, a smidgen, and a drop? How many points in a pica, or picas in an inch? The difference between a foot, a manual foot and a natural foot? How much is in a Balthazar vs. a Melchior? What classic  More...
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    Publisher: St. Martin's Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 192
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.836
    Language: English

    Do you know?: The difference between a dash, a pinch, a smidgen, and a drop? How many points in a pica, or picas in an inch? The difference between a foot, a manual foot and a natural foot? How much is in a Balthazar vs. a Melchior? What classic American writer took his name from a measurement? What is the shortest length of time and the smallest possible distance? Featuring over 300 units of measurement, their origins, their history and their usage, A Measure of All Things is a compelling look at the means humankind has used to define and impose order upon the world that surrounds us all. Book jacket.

    Introduction
    Systems of Measurement
    Early Forms of Measurement
    Ancient Mediterranean Measures
    Global Systems
    The English-Speaking World
    Imperial and Customary
    The Origins of the Metric System
    The Systeme International
    Metrication in the United States
    A Measure of Length
    Feet, Furlongs, and Rods
    Miles and Yards
    Nautical Units
    Meter: The Base Unit
    Measuring the Universe
    Equestrian Measurements
    The Limits of Measurement
    Gauging Thickness
    A Measure of Area
    Medieval Units of Land
    Units of Area
    Metric Area
    Defining Paper Sizes
    A Measure of Volume and Capacity
    Metric Units of Volume
    Bottle Designations
    Imperial Units of Volume
    Liquid Barrel Volumes
    Cooking Measurements
    A Measure of Mass
    Mass vs. Weight
    Imperial and U.S. Customary Units of Mass
    Small Amounts and Precious Goods
    Metric Mass
    Mass on the Atomic Scale
    The Density of Matter
    A Measure of Temperature
    Hotness and Coldness
    A Matter of Degree
    Absolute Temperature
    A Measure of Time
    Years and Months
    Time and the Systeme International
    Dividing the Second
    Measuring Geological Age
    A Measure of Speed
    SI Units of Speed
    Average Speed
    Imperial and U.S. Customary Units of Speed
    The Speed of Light and Sound
    The Quest for c
    Acceleration
    A Measure of Force and Pressure
    What Is Force?
    SI and U.S. Customary Units of Force
    Gravity and Weight
    Torque and Leverage
    Pressure
    Atmospheric Pressure
    A Measure of Energy and Power
    Force in Action
    Non-SI Units of Energy and Power
    SI Units of Work, Energy, and Power
    Radioactivity
    Units of Electricity
    Radiant Energy
    Measuring with Lasers
    Explosive Energy
    Wind Power
    A Measurement Miscellany
    Units of Digital Information
    Measuring Firewood
    How Hot is a Chill?
    Ring Sizes
    Units of Concentration
    Hardness
    Typography
    SI Diagram
    Epilogue
    Index

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