The Measure of All Things

Professor Alder discussed his book, The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World. He… read more

Professor Alder discussed his book, The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and Hidden Error That Transformed the World. He talked about the creation of the metric system and Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre Francois-Andrew Mechain, the two French astronomers who set out to create a standard system of measurement by equating the distance of the meridian arc that runs from the North Pole to the Equator. It was agreed that the meter itself would equal one ten-millionth of this distance. Professor Alder discovered that the astronomers actually came up short in their measurement, but that the effort they made produced invaluable information about that shape and formation of the Earth. Following his talk, he answered questions from members of the audience. close

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  • Ken Alder Professor Northwestern University->History Department
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The Measure of All Things

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Program ID:
173868-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Speech
Location:
Winnetka, Illinois, United States
First Aired:
Nov 16, 2002 | 10:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jan 05, 2003 | 3:01am EST | C-SPAN 2

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  • Nov 16, 2002 | 10:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 17, 2002 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 27, 2002 | 5:22pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 29, 2002 | 6:52am EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Nov 30, 2002 | 12:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 22, 2002 | 4:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 05, 2003 | 3:01am EST | C-SPAN 2
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