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- DescriptionThe system of measurement for most of the world is the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s the United States appeared ready to switch from American standard measurement. The reasons it never happened get to the root of who we think we are, just as American measurements are woven into the ways we think. John Marcia chronicles the origins of measurement systems, the kaleidoscopic array of standards throughout Europe and the thirteen American colonies, the combination of intellect and circumstance that resulted in the metric system's creation in France in the wake of the French Revolution, and America's stubborn adherence to the hybrid United States Customary System ever since. As much as Whatever Happened to the Metric System? is a tale of quarters and tenths, it is a human drama, replete with great inventors, visionary presidents, obsessive activists, and science-loving techcrats. Anyone who reads this inquisitive, engaging story will never read Robert Frost's line miles to go before I sleep or eat a foot-long sub again without wondering, Whatever happened to the metric system?
- Author BiographyJohn Marciano is the author and illustrator of many books, including the distinctive reference titles Anonyponymous and Toponymity, as well as the children's books Madeline at the White House (a New York Times bestseller), Madeline and the Cats of Rome, and Harold's Tail. A word and math aficionado, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and two cats.
- Author(s)John Bemelmans Marciano
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication05/08/2014
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, colour illustrations
- Weight485 g
- Width149 mm
- Height223 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Format DetailsSewn,Paper over boards,With dust jacket
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