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A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, 2nd Edition (Spanish Edition)
A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, 2nd Edition (Spanish Edition) John Butt, Carmen Benjamin 0844270881 9780844270883 In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extrao
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A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish, 2nd Edition (Spanish Edition) by John Butt, Carmen Benjamin

In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in opposite directions on an extraordinary journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his way north to Dunkirk, while Pierre-Franois-Andr Mchain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the distance between the pole and the equator -- a standard that would be used for all people, for all time.The Measure of All Thingsis the astonishing tale of one of historys greatest scientific adventures. Yet behind the public triumph of the metric system lies a secret error, one that is perpetuated in every subsequent definition of the meter. As acclaimed historian and novelist Ken Alder discovered through his research, there were only two people on the planet who knew the full extent of this error: Delambre and Mchain themselves.By turns a science history, detective tale, and human drama,The Measure of All Thingsdescribes a quest that succeeded as it failed -- and continues to enlighten and inspire to this day.

Author: John Butt, Carmen Benjamin

Language: Spanish

Edition: 2nd

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 520

Publisher: Edward Arnold

Publication Date: 1994-08-01

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