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The Resource The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world, Ken Alder

The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world, Ken Alder

Label
The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world
Title
The measure of all things
Title remainder
the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world
Statement of responsibility
Ken Alder
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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 all nations and for all time." "Yet when Ken Alder located the long-lost correspondence between the two men, along with their mission log books, he stumbled upon a two-hundred-year-old secret, and a drama worthy of the great French playwrights. The meter, it turns out, is in error. One of the two astronomers, Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain, made contradictory measurements from Barcelona and, in a panic, covered up the discrepancy. The guilty knowledge of his misdeed drove him to the brink of madness, and ultimately to his death. Only then - after the meter had already been publicly announced - did his partner, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre, discover the truth and face a fateful choice: what matters more, the truth or the appearance of the truth?"--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
BKL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Alder, Ken
Dewey number
526.1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QB291
LC item number
.A43 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Arc measures
  • Meter (Unit)
  • Delambre, J. B. J.
  • Méchain, Pierre
Target audience
adult
Label
The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world, Ken Alder
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-412) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • A calculating people
  • Ch. 6.
  • Fear of France
  • Ch. 7.
  • Convergence
  • Ch. 8.
  • Triangulation
  • Ch. 9.
  • The empire of science
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • The broken arc
  • Ch. 11.
  • Méchain's mistake, Delambre's peace
  • Ch. 12.
  • The metered globe
  • Epilogue:
  • The shape of our world
  • The north-going astronomer
  • Ch. 2.
  • The south-going astronomer
  • Ch. 3.
  • The metric of revolution
  • Ch. 4.
  • The castle of Mont-Jouy
Dimensions
225 cm
Extent
xii, 436 pages
Isbn
9780743216760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 53324804
  • (OCoLC)53324804
Label
The measure of all things : the seven-year odyssey and hidden error that transformed the world, Ken Alder
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-412) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Ch. 5.
  • A calculating people
  • Ch. 6.
  • Fear of France
  • Ch. 7.
  • Convergence
  • Ch. 8.
  • Triangulation
  • Ch. 9.
  • The empire of science
  • Ch. 1.
  • Ch. 10.
  • The broken arc
  • Ch. 11.
  • Méchain's mistake, Delambre's peace
  • Ch. 12.
  • The metered globe
  • Epilogue:
  • The shape of our world
  • The north-going astronomer
  • Ch. 2.
  • The south-going astronomer
  • Ch. 3.
  • The metric of revolution
  • Ch. 4.
  • The castle of Mont-Jouy
Dimensions
225 cm
Extent
xii, 436 pages
Isbn
9780743216760
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 53324804
  • (OCoLC)53324804

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