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From artefacts to atoms : the BIPM and the search for ultimate measurement standards / Terry Quinn.

By: Quinn, T. J. (Terry J.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2012Description: xxviii, 408 p., [28] p. of plates : ill., plan, ports. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780195307863 (alk. paper); 0195307860 (alk. paper).Subject(s): International Bureau of Weights and Measures -- History | Weights and measures -- History | Metric system -- HistoryDDC classification:
Chapter 1: The origins of the Metre Convention 1851 to 1869 -- Chapter 2: The creation of the International Metre Commission 1869 -- Chapter 3: The International Metre Commission, meetings of 1872/73 -- Chapter 4: The casting of 1874 and the first steps in the fabrication of the new metric standards -- Chapter 5: The Diplomatic Conference of the Metre 1875 -- Chapter 6: The creation of the BIPM and the beginning of the construction of the new metric prototypes; problems with the French Section -- Chapter 7: 1879 to 1889, the first decade of scientific work at the International Bureau Progress with metres and instruments -- Chapter 8: New Member States and the first General Conference on Weights and Measures, 1889 -- Chapter 9: The development of the scientific work at the BIPM, the General Conferences of 1895 and 1901 -- Chapter 10: The creation of the Grands Laboratoires Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt (PTR) National Physical Laboratory (NPL) -- Chapter 11: The story of invar and the extension of the role of the International Bureau at the 6th General Conference 1921 -- Chapter 12: The 7th and 8th General Conferences 1927 and 1933, practical metrology and the Bureau during the Second World War -- Chapter 13: The SI, absolute electrical units, the International Committee and the creation of the ionizing radiation section -- Chapter 14: The adoption of the SI, revising the Metre Convention, new definitions of the metre and second at the 11th General Conference 1960 -- Chapter 15: The mole, the speed of light and more about the Metre Convention -- Chapter 16: New science at the BIPM and the Recognition of National measurement Standards -- Chapter 17: The redefinition of the kilogram and the move towards the New SI -- Epilogue: The new SI and the future role of the BIPM -- Appendix English text of the Metre Convention.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 373-386) and index.

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