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Measurement forms an essential part of our view of the world. Our world is measured and calibrated, and we are all subject to the tyranny of these numbers. In this updated and extended edition, Jeffrey Huw Williams outlines the history of measurement; particularly of the International System of units (SI). Since the previous edition, the base units of the SI have been redefined; realizing a 150-year-old dream for a measurement system based on unchanging, fundamental quantities of nature. This change has created a new SI, a Quantum SI, which will significantly change the way we look at nature in a quantitative manner, and greatly facilitate the advance of science.
- Significantly updated and extended new edition
- The first book to include the new Quantum SI base unit definitions
- Features wider societal and philosophical implications of a move away from physical standards
- Outlines the history of the science of measurement, and the origin of the Metric System
- More than a textbook of metrology, it is also a history of how we have arrived at the Quantum SI
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