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The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey that Transformed the World

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By: Ken Alder

466 pages, B/w illus

Little, Brown and Company

Paperback | Sep 2002 | #133097 | ISBN: 0316859893
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The story of two French scientists, Jean Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain, who were commissioned in 1792 to survey a path from Dunkirk to Barcelona, starting at opposite ends, as part of the creation of the metric system.

The revolutionary adventures of two French scientists whose expedition to measure the shape of the world inaugurated the metric system.

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Ken Alder has a PhD from Harvard in History of Science as well as a Physics degree. In 1998 he won the Dexter Prize for the best book on the history of technology.

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