Beyond Measure

The Hidden History of Measurement

James Vincent
NZD $45.00

A revelatory and vibrant story of measurement which will make you look at the world around you anew.

We measure rainfall and radiation, the depths of space and the emptiness of atoms, calories and steps, happiness and fear. If we could not measure then we could not observe the world around us; we could not experiment, learn, and co-operate. But why did this urge to measure flourish? And when did measurement become ubiquitous?

It is an incredible story that spans hunter-gatherer societies to ancient Egyptians, the French Revolution to the relentless quantification of the twenty-first century self. It is a tale that tracks humanity's search for dependable truths in a chaotic universe. Full of mavericks and visionaries, adventure and breakthroughs, Beyond Measure shows that measurement has not only made the world we live in, it has made us too.

Author bio:

James Vincent is a journalist and writer from London who has worked and written for numerous publications including the Independent, Financial Times, Wired, New Statesman and others. He is currently a senior reporter for The Verge. Beyond Measure is his first book. @jjvincent

Category: Popular science
ISBN: 9780571354214
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Non Fiction
Pub Date: August 2022
Page Extent: 416
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Popular science