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Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey That Transformed the World
Ken Adler (au). Tells the story of how science, revolutionary politics, & the dream of a new economy converged to produce both the metric system & the first struggle over globalization. Amidst the scientific fervor of the French Revolution, two French scientists, Delambre & Mechain, were sent out on an expedition to measure the shape of the world & thereby establish the metre -- which was to be one ten-millionth the distance from pole to equator. It was to be 7 years before their return to a hero’s welcome in Paris. But Mechain was obsessed over a minute error in his calculations that he’d discovered & concealed, & which eventually drove him to his grave. His death forced Delambre to choose between loyalty to his friend & his science. B&W illustrations.
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