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TAVENOR, ROBERT - Smoot's Ear  The Measure of Humanity

Title: Smoot's Ear The Measure of Humanity
Description: Yale University Press, New Haven CT, USA, 2007. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 249pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor scuffing and edgewear to dustwrapper. Near fine. The book explores changing attitudes toward measure, focusing on key moments in art, sculpture, architecture, philosophy, and the development of scientific thought. It encompasses the journey of Western civilization from the construction of the Great Pyramid to the first manned flight to the moon. Beginning with a review of early measuring standards that referred to the feet and inches of ideal bodies, the book then tracks how Enlightenment interest in a truly scientific system of measure led to the creation of the metric system. This 'rational' approach to measure in turn has inspired artists, architects, writers, and others to seek a balance that takes the human story into account. Tavernor concludes with a discussion of measure in our own time, when space travel presents to humankind a direct encounter with the unfathomable measure of the universe.

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Price: AUD 25.30 = appr. US$ 17.50 Seller: Lamdha Books
- Book number: 70675


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