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all the pace and plot of a historical adventure novel, as though Longitude had been crossed with A Tale of Two Cities, with a measure of Don Quixote thrown in (The Sunday TIMES)
riveting account of the origins of the metric system... an eye-opener (The DAILY TELEGRAPH)
The revolutionary adventures of two scientists who inaugurated the metric system.
Winner of the 2003 Dingle Prize for the best book on the history of science.See all Product Description
Bought this book for my son who found it a fascinating read, very well presented, well researched, a good buy.Published 24 months ago by Charlotte
Fascinating insight into a subject which first caught my interest in Professor Marcus de Sautoy's recent TV documentary series about measurement.Published on 16 July 2013 by BadLord
I very much enjoyed this book. The metre is a measurement that I completely take for granted. The story of how history shaped this measurement and how this measurement shapes our... Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2013 by Freshman
This is a great book and a perfect combination of science and history. It was difficult to put down and I learnt a lot of stuff too. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2012 by Dr. John P. Yardley
Scientific fraud ranges from acts which surely should be criminal to minor rule-bending which can be viewed with indulgence. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2009 by Metropolitan Critic
Fate, war, envy, fraud, suffering and human drama - these are things that do not immediately spring to mind when discussing the history of geodesy. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2008 by Christian Jongeneel
The sub-title of this book is ‘The Seven Year Odyssey that Transformed The World’. This journey is both geographical and intellectual, with the very practical aim of... Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2004 by Mr P R Morgan