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Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Mesurement


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We measure everything - from rainfall and radiation to the depths of space and the emptiness of atoms. From calories and steps to happiness and pain. But how did measurement become ubiquitous in modern life? When did humanity first take up scales and rulers, and why does this practice hold authority over so many aspects of our lives?

Written with vim and intelligence, James Vincent provides a fresh perspective on human history as he tracks our long search for dependable truths in a chaotic universe. Full of mavericks and visionaries, adventure and the unexpected, Beyond Measure shows that measurement has not only made the world we live in, it has made us too.

Hardback, 432 pages.