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


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In June 1792, the cosmopolitan Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and the scrupulous Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain set out from Paris to calculate the length of the meter. In the bestselling tradition of "Longitude and The Map that Changed the World, " Alder has written an extraordinary and riveting tale. Illustrations.

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