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Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed

By: Alder, Ken

Price: $6.50

Seller ID: 9780743216753

ISBN: 074321675X

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"The truth belongs to everyone, but error is ours alone.""-- The Measure of All Things"Amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions from Paris to measure the world, one voyaging north to Dunkirk, the other south to Barcelona. Their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator, a standard that has since swept the planet. "The Measure of All Things" is the astonishing story of one of history's greatest scientific quests, a mission to measure the Earth and define the meter for... View more info

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Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error that Transformed

By: Alder, Ken

Price: $6.00

Publisher: FREE PR: 6/16/2012

Seller ID: 9780743216760

ISBN: 0743216768

Condition: USED


In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way north to Dunkirk, while Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator -- a standard that would be used "for all people, for all time." "The Measure of All Things" is the astonishing tale of one of history's greatest ... View more info