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I Have A New Appreciation for my Bathroom Scale

Monday, July 16, 2018

I just finished a book by Simon Winchester called "The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World".

I had never thought about how incredible the idea is of being able to weigh anything precisely, let alone a human body. Until the 1800s, a pound wasn't a pound, the kilo hadn't been invented, so even if a piece of equipment existed, there was no measurement to weigh an object against. I guess all people had was how their clothing fitted. And there were no standard sizes of clothing, it was all custom made for someone.

We all agitate over that half a pound up or down, yet the idea that it can even be measured is remarkable. (I'd hate to think of weighing at atomic levels!) And it only takes a machine that you can get at Walmart for $25.

It's a fascinating book if anyone is interested. It discusses the advancement in measuring time, weight, length, heat, all so common I'd never much considered it. We live in an amazing world, I have a whole new appreciation of my measuring devices!
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