Why does the size of a space shuttle's fuel tanks have more to do with a horse's rump than rocket science? Is there a correlation between the humble pint and the capacity of the human bladder? And why is an old Wellington boot as important an instrument of spacial awareness as was ever invented? About the Size of It is a hugely entertaining history of traditional weights and measures that will make you look at your everyday world in a completely different way . . .
'A full and convincing account of why our well-tried and trusted traditional measures make human sense' Alexander McCall Smith
'His direct, engaging conversational prose is a delight to read... inspirational' Andrew Roberts
'Absolutely masterly. Lucid and wise and touching and absolutely right' Jilly Cooper
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Born in 1962 in Dagenham, Warwick Cairns now lives in Windsor with his wife and two daughters. After studying English and Psychology at Keele and English at Yale, he went on to drill wells on a Sioux reservation in Dakota and travel to Africa with Wilfred Thesiger, before settling on a career in advertising. This is his first book.
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Descrizione libro Pan Books. PAPERBACK. Condizione libro: New. 0330450301. Codice libro della libreria Z0330450301ZN
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Descrizione libro Pan, 2008. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. No.1 BESTSELLERS - great prices, friendly customer service â€" all orders are dispatched next working day. Codice libro della libreria mon0000199767
Descrizione libro Pan Books, Great Britain, 2008. Medium Trade Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. 155 pages. Multiple copies of this title available. Readers will find out: Why an old Wellington boot is as important an instrument of spacial awareness as was ever invented? Why the size of a space shuttle's fuel tanks has more to do with the proportions of a horse's rump than rocket science? and, Why how tired your ox gets? How much water it takes to drown you, and how much you can hold in one hand while doing something else are all essential principles that explain how man has balanced and judged his world since the dawn of time. In part a case for the continued use of traditional British measures, this book also celebrates the richness and commonality of systems from around the world, and how they were formed by the one guiding principle of measurement no one ever mentions: that most of us have better things to think about. Quantity Available: 7. Category: Science & Technology; ISBN/EAN: 9780330450300. Inventory No: 16010013. This item is in stock in our Australian warehouse. We are not dropshippers. Codice libro della libreria 16010013