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World in the balance : the historic quest for an absolute system of measurement / Robert P. Crease.

By: Crease, Robert P.
Publisher: London : W. W. Norton, 2012Description: 317 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9780393343540 : (pbk.).Subject(s): Weights and measures -- History | Measurement -- History | MetrologyDDC classification: 530.8
Contents:
The Noonday cannon -- Vitruvian man -- Ancient China: feet and flutes -- France: "realities of life an dlabor" -- Halting steps toward universality 99 -- "One of the greates triumphs of modern civilization" -- Metrophilia and metrophobia -- Surely you're joking, Mr. Duchamp! -- Dreams of a final standard -- Universal system -- The modern metroscape -- Au revoir, Kilogram -- Epilogue.
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General Collection 530.8 CRE (Browse shelf) Available 000444579

Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Noonday cannon -- Vitruvian man -- Ancient China: feet and flutes -- France: "realities of life an dlabor" -- Halting steps toward universality 99 -- "One of the greates triumphs of modern civilization" -- Metrophilia and metrophobia -- Surely you're joking, Mr. Duchamp! -- Dreams of a final standard -- Universal system -- The modern metroscape -- Au revoir, Kilogram -- Epilogue.

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