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The Measure of All Things - Ken Alder

Little, Brown, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ.

From the cover: “Tells the story of how science, revolutionary politics and the dream of a new economy converged to produce both the metric system and the first struggle over globalization. Amidst the scientific fervour of the Revolution two French scientists, Delambre and Mechain, were sent out on an expedition to measure the shape of the world and thereby establish the metre — which was to be one ten-millionth the distance from pole to equator. Their hope was that people would use the globe as the basis of measurement rather than an arbitrary system meted out by the monarchs.”

Size: 9" x 5½". 466 pages.