Offers an account of the various measuring systems human beings have devised over two millennia. This book urges us to look beyond the notion that measuring is strictly a scientific activity, divorced from human concerns. It explores changing attitudes toward measure.
Robert Tavernor is professor of architecture and urban design and director of the Cities Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is also a practising architect and leads an influential London-based consultancy, which is currently advising on buildings that will affect the future skyline of London. His previous books include On Alberti and the Art of Building, published by Yale University Press.