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Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement (Hardback)

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Synopsis

A revelatory and vibrant story of measurement which will make you look at the world around you anew.



'A wildly ambitious book by a formidably talented young writer.'

ROBERT MACFARLANE



'Vivid, epic, and full of curiosities. This is a book to delight and fascinate.'

TIM HARFORD, bestselling author of How to Make the World Add Up



'Beyond Measure offers, with much intellectual flair and style, a bracing new history: how the once innocent urge to quantification took over our lives, our sense of ourselves and the world.'

PANKAJ MISHRA



'The exact value of this book is hard to quantify. Weighty, precise and satisfyingly obsessive, it's also an absolute pleasure to read.'

SIMON GARFIELD, bestselling author of The Timekeepers



We measure rainfall and radiation, the depths of space and the emptiness of atoms, calories and steps, happiness and pain. But how did measurement become ubiquitous in modern life? When did humanity first take up scales and rulers, and why does this practice hold authority over so many aspects of our lives?



Written with vim and dazzling intelligence, James Vincent provides a fresh and original perspective on human history as he tracks our long search for dependable truths in a chaotic universe. Full of mavericks and visionaries, adventure and the unexpected, Beyond Measure shows that measurement has not only made the world we live in, it has made us too.



'An epic story about humankind's relationship with the physical world. Vincent is an erudite and perceptive guide, who with energy and skill weaves history, science and reportage into an enthralling tale.'

ALEX BELLOS



'As an account of the lengths humanity has gone to in the name of measurement, this quirky history is inch-perfect.'

FINANCIAL TIMES



'Gripping.' NEW SCIENTIST

'Worth its weight in gold . . . Enlightening.' OBSERVER

'Fascinating . . . an erudiite and elegant read.' MAIL ON SUNDAY

Science & MathematicsScience: general issuesHistory of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPhilosophy of scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesPopular scienceScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesScientific standardsMensuration & systems of measurement Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: 02/06/2022 ISBN-13: 9780571354214  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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James Vincent is a journalist and writer from London who has worked and written for numerous publications, including the London Review of Books, Financial Times, Independent, Wired, New Statesman and others. He is currently a senior reporter for The Verge. Beyond Measure is his first book. @jjvincent

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