A Measure of All Things: The Story of Man and Measurement


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A Measure of all Things discovers the means that humankind has employed to impose order on the world. It is about the systems of measurement that enable us not only to trade in commonly understood amounts and to construct buildings according to agreed standards, but also to investigate, understand, and control the chemical, physical and biological processes of the natural world, to develop explanatory hypotheses and predictive theories. Our units are derived from the proportions of the human body, from natural objects such ...

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