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Measurement: an unexpected history

James Vincent uncovers the long and surprisingly fascinating history of measuring things

Published: August 9, 2022 at 4:39 pm
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From weight and distance, to calorie-counting and calculating the depths of space, throughout history, humans have loved to measure things. Speaking to Elinor Evans, James Vincent – author of Beyond Measure – uncovers some fascinating and unexpected stories from the history of measurement.


James Vincent is the author of Beyond Measure: The Hidden History of Measurement (Faber & Faber, 2022)


Elinor EvansDigital editor

Elinor Evans is digital editor of HistoryExtra.com. She commissions and writes history articles for the website, and regularly interviews historians for the award-winning HistoryExtra podcast


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