CART

(0) items

World in the Balance : The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement,9780393343540

World in the Balance : The Historic Quest for an Absolute System of Measurement

by
Edition:
00
ISBN13:

9780393343540

ISBN10:
0393343545
Media:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
10/17/2012
Publisher(s):
W W NORTON
List Price: $17.95

Rent Book

(Recommended)
 
Term
Due
Price
$14.36

Buy New Book

Usually Ships in 3-5 Business Days
$15.26

Used Book

We're Sorry
Sold Out

eBook

We're Sorry
Not Available

More New and Used
from Private Sellers
Starting at $10.53

Questions About This Book?

Why should I rent this book?
Renting is easy, fast, and cheap! Renting from eCampus.com can save you hundreds of dollars compared to the cost of new or used books each semester. At the end of the semester, simply ship the book back to us with a free UPS shipping label! No need to worry about selling it back.
How do rental returns work?
Returning books is as easy as possible. As your rental due date approaches, we will email you several courtesy reminders. When you are ready to return, you can print a free UPS shipping label from our website at any time. Then, just return the book to your UPS driver or any staffed UPS location. You can even use the same box we shipped it in!
What version or edition is this?
This is the 00 edition with a publication date of 10/17/2012.
What is included with this book?
  • The New copy of this book will include any supplemental materials advertised. Please check the title of the book to determine if it should include any CDs, lab manuals, study guides, etc.
  • The Rental copy of this book is not guaranteed to include any supplemental materials. You may receive a brand new copy, but typically, only the book itself.

Summary

Millions of transactions each day depend on a reliable network of weights and measures. But achieving such a network was anything but easy, as Robert P. Crease, physicist and philosopher, demonstrates in this endlessly fascinating, always entertaining look at just how this international system evolved. From the link between musical pitch and distance in the dynasties of ancient China and the use of figurines to measure gold in West Africa to the creation of the French metric and British imperial systems, Crease takes readers along on one of history's greatest philosophical and scientific adventures.

Author Biography

Robert P. Crease writes the Critical Point column for Physics World. He is the chairman of the philosophy department at Stony Brook University and lives in New York City. He is the author of, among other books, The Great Equations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Noonday Cannonp. 13
Vitruvian Manp. 17
Ancient China: Feet and Flutesp. 35
West Africa: Gold Weightsp. 53
France: "Realities of Life and Labor"p. 69
Halting Steps Toward Universalityp. 99
"One of the Greatest Triumphs of Modern Civilization"p. 126
Metrophilia and Metrophobiap. 149
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Duchamp!p. 167
Dreams of a Final Standardp. 183
Universal System: The SIp. 210
The Modern Metroscapep. 227
Au Revoir, Kilogramp. 249
Epiloguep. 269
Acknowledgmentsp. 277
Notesp. 279
Illustration Creditsp. 295
Indexp. 297
Table of Contents provided by Ingram. All Rights Reserved.


Please wait while the item is added to your cart...