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

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Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre-Francois-Andre Mechain set out from Paris in 1792 to calculate the length of one meter. Facing near-fatal challenges, the men had only letters to each other for support. Then Mechain discovered that he made a critical error in calculating a meter's length--an error that lies at the heart of the metric system. Abridged.

The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World 2002, Simon & Schuster Audio

ISBN-13: 9780743526661

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