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Product Details

  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486258394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486258393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fenella Lawson (f.lawson@irl.cri.nz) on April 8, 1998
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NB this review refers to the 1988 reprint of the 1974 edition. So you thought Jack and Jill were just a couple of clumsy kids trying to get some water from the well? Think again - the familiar nursey rhyme is a piece of political satire from the time of Charles 1. Klein's book is full of similar snippets that will serve you in good stead at a dinner party! "Science of Measurement" is an excellent coverage of the SI units - although even this reprint is missing the major redefinition of the metre in 1983. Use this book as a history, and as a guide to the physics behind measurements, but for the most up-to-date definitions of the units you'll want to check a more recent publication.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hy D. Tran on September 27, 2013
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Disclaimer: I'm a scientist, and I work with measurements for a living.

This book is a popular treatment behind what we measure in science and engineering, and how it got that way.

Mr. Klein originally wrote this book in 1974, so he doesn't get into recent developments, such as the meter now being in terms of the speed of light. He's not comprehensive, but he surveys a wide spread of measurements, with time, length, mass, the SI system, electricity, thermodynamic, and some other measurements. His treatment of the science behind the measurements is accessible to non-specialists.

If you like some history with your science, (or perhaps, some science with your history), you'll enjoy this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John-michael Kuczynski on April 14, 2011
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There's a lot of history in this book, but little analysis. He doesn't even provide analyses of specialized forms of measurement, let alone put forth an attempt to analyze the concept. And, while he obviously knows the history, he doesn't do much to show how it relates to contemporary science.
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