Anyone interested in the role of science in everyday life will find in this marvellous book accessible, intelligent, visual and often entertaining answers to the questions we all ask about how we measure ourselves, or planet and the Universe.
Part fascinating history, part cutting-edge science, it explores everything measurable, from temperature, earthquakes and radioactivity to music, blood and social attitudes, as well as the origins of the metric system in the French Revolution.
'Covers not merely the obvious elements that we record, but also the more intriguing … crammed with illustrations'
Financial Times Magazine
'Makes a good reference text but can easily be read cover to cover'
'Sumptuous, a sensual pleasure to look at and look into … intelligently written and always rewarding to dip into'