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The Measure of the World: A Novel

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On June 24, 1792, two large traveling coaches left the Tuileries, one for Dunkirk and the other for Barcelona. Their passengers, Pierre Méchain and Jean-Baptiste Delambre, were astronomers charged by the French Revolutionary government with the task of measuring the meridian that passes through these two cities in order to devise one universal unit of measure, "for all tim ...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by University Of Chicago Press (first published May 6th 1997)
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Roberta
Dec 20, 2011 Roberta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un libro confusionario...
Nonostante la tematica di per sè avvincente, il romanzo non "prende" il lettore (o per lo menon ha affascinato me) a casua di una narrazione discontinua e poco organica. Mi è capitato spesso di leggere qualche paragrafo dedicato ad un personaggio o ad un avvenimento affrontato con toni che facevano pensare ad una particolare svolta, per poi veder cadere il tutto nel paragrafo successivo. Mi sono trovata in molti punti a chiedermi "ma come siamo arrivati a questo punto de
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Mustafa Acungil
Apr 24, 2016 Mustafa Acungil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Metrenin bize Napolyon'dan hediye olduğunu biliyor muydunuz?
Yanlış hatırlamıyorsam, bir haftayı on gün yapmak, bir ayı üç hafta yapmak gibi başka şeyler de yapmış. Ama metre yapışıp kalmış.

Binlerce yıl parmak, ayak, arşın, karış gibi hesapları kullandıktan sonra bilim sayesinde yapay bir ölçümüz oldu: Metre!

Parmağa, arşına, karışa standart bir ölçü getirmek çok daha makul olmaz mıydı? Her insanın doğal bir şekilde düşünebileceği vücut birimleriyle ilgili ölçüleri bırakmak niye ki?
Hans-Peter Merz
Nov 11, 2011 Hans-Peter Merz rated it liked it
Tolles Thema, ein paar Abbildungen zur Erlaeuterung und Fotos der Vermessungsgeraete waeren schoen gewesen.
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