Robert Crease will read from and sign copies of his latest book, World in the Balance, the fascinating story of the invention of a global network of weights, scales, and instruments for measurement. From the flutes used to measure distance in the dynasties of ancient China to the British imperial systems, Crease traces the evolution of measurement, weaving in stories of historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Charles S. Peirce, showing the strange and integral part measurement plays in our lives. Robert P. Crease is the chairman of the Philosophy Department at Stony Brook University. He is the author of The Prism and the Pendulum, The Great Equations and he writes a column for Physics World. (LiteraryFiction)
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