The Measure of All Points: The Seven-Yr Odyssey and Hidden Error That Reworked the World
In June 1792, amidst the chaos of the French Revolution, two intrepid astronomers set out in reverse directions on a unprecedented journey. Starting in Paris, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre would make his strategy north to Dunkirk, whereas Pierre-François-André Méchain voyaged south to Barcelona. Their mission was to measure the world, and their findings would help define the meter as one ten-millionth of the area between the pole and the equator—a traditional that could be used “for all peopl
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