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    Re: Looking for a book title
    From: UNK
    Date: 2003 Sep 24, 15:56 -0400

    Vic Fraenckel [mailto:vfraenc1{at}NYCAP.RR.COM] asked:
    > I saw a book for sale in our local Barnes and Noble that I should have
    > bought. Now I cannot remember the title. Perhaps someone on this list
    could
    > help. The book was a NEW title concerning the French expeditions that were
    > sent out back in the 18th century to measure the latitude arc lengths in
    the
    > artic and tropics to support the definition of the meter.
    >
    > If you can tell me the title and/or the author it would be appreciated.
    
    Might be Ken Alder's _The Measure of All Things: The Seven-Year Odyssey and
    Hidden Error That Transformed the World_. It got a pretty good review in the
    NY Times this summer.
    
    Let us know if you like it.
    
    There are two other recent geography books that I've been considering and
    would be interested if others have enjoyed: Andro Linklater's _Measuring
    America_ and John Keay's _The Great Arc_.
    
     -- Peter
    
    
    

       
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