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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486258394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486258393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 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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3 of 3 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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The good thing about this book is that it covers the history of all sorts of measurement: capacity, distance, temperature, and many others less commonly known. The bad is that I continually had to overlook a bias in its presentation that I found at times to be very disconcerting.

One point that the author fails to note is that, whenever the metric system has been legislated in any country, it has been greatly resisted by the public, because, even though the units are designed to make for easy computation, they tend to be of an inconvenient size. People prefer to work with traditional units (a foot-size unit has been found in cultures from Britain to Japan!) and it is necessary to bring the full force of the law to bear to force them to adopt the unnatural metric units. And yet, it is the traditional units that the author continually denigrates with adjectives like "confusing."

In the author's mind, the metric system, in its modern guise as the SI (International System of Units; the abbreviation comes from the French name), is the high point of the story, and the US is behaving in a backward way for failing to embrace it. But in fact, while the SI has advantages for scientific communication (the units make computations necessary in physics easier, and the fact that they are universally understood all over the world aids in international communication), they are simply impractical for everyday use. This is why, even in countries that have officially adopted metric units, traditional units are still in common usage among the people, though often slightly altered to come out in round-number multiples of metric units.

If the author had scrapped his strong pro-SI bias, I would have rated it much higher than the 3-star rating I gave it.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katherine C. Gallegos on July 16, 2010
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This book was mostly boring with a few interesting items thrown in here and there. I suppose if I cared about all the millions of different measurements all over the world and how many of one equals how many of another, it might have been interesting. However, I have been trying to read all 700 pages for the last month and am not even half way through it.
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