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The Story of Measurement Hardcover – 15 Oct 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (15 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513675
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 2.5 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'...provides a wealth of handy information... librarians and teachers thinking of purchasing this book will find it competitively and reasonably priced...'
-- Gray's School of Art

'A cornucopia of capsules, self-contained stories that underline the diversity of Man the beancounter' -- Bookdealer

'Covers not merely the obvious elements that we record, but also the more intriguing... crammed with illustrations'
-- The Financial Times Magazine

'Makes a good reference text but can easily be read cover to cover' -- PhysicsWorld

'Sumptuous, a sensual pleasure to look at and look into... intelligently written and always rewarding to dip into'
-- GeomaticsWorld

About the Author

Andrew Robinson, former literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, is the author of numerous books, including the immensely popular The Story of Writing.

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The main item missing from this is a story. This is a series of articles, few of which are connected. There is nothing wrong with the items, although because of the shortness of the text on each item there isn't much detail. If you want some basic background on a range of measuremnet topics this is fine, if you want a detailed discussion of the history of measurement and the characters linking the history, look elsewhere.
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I purchased 2 of these interesting books for my techno nerd friends. The only problem was that the outside supplier's courier kept delivering to the wrong address, Beware!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 18 Dec. 2007
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Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book as I very much liked the book "The story of writing" of the same author which is an excellent book with rather detailed information and interesting photos.
Contrary to that book, this one seems to be a rather arbitrary collection of all sorts of tidbits loosely related to measurement including the system of biological species, tsunamis and morse code. All topics are explained on one or two pages, which does not leave a lot of room for any deeper information.
One star above minimum I give, as the book is beatifully made with lots of nice photographs.
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