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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
The Measure of All Things
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  • The Measure of All Things ISBN: 9780316859899 Paperback Sep 2002 Out of Print #133097
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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.

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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.
Out of Print
By: Ken Alder
466 pages, B/w illus
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The revolutionary adventures of two French scientists whose expedition to measure the shape of the world inaugurated the metric system.
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