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Sizes: The Illustrated Encyclopedia/How Big (Or Little) Things Really Are
Sizes The Illustrated Encyclopedia/How Big Things Really Are - Or Little Author:John Lord For the handyman: — If I need 848 eight-penny nails, how many pounds should I buy? — For the traveler: — How many miles is 13 kilometers? — For the environmentalist: — What compact fluorescent bulb gives as much light as a 75-watt incandescent bulb? — For the office worker: — How big is A4 paper? — For the parent: — What size soccer ball should I buy my ... more »eight-year-old daughter?
For the cook:
What's the difference between an English and an American teaspoon?
For the new sales manager to Japan:
How big is a 4-tatami bedroom?
Sizes combines the practicality of a consumer buying guide, the intrigue of the Guinness Book of World Records and the scope, depth and authority of a serious reference work, with entries ranging from bedsheets to sandpaper, stars to neckties and liquid measures to dinosaurs.
Practically every unit of measurement in existence during the 20th century plus ancient units dating to Biblical times, are included in Sizes. Hundreds of illustrations offer a visual perspective to proportion and dimension. And two appendices help users convert one unit of measurement into another through easy-to-follow formulas designed for hand-held calculators and through graphs that allow for visual comparisons.
John Lord has written, edited, directed and produced multimedia educational materials and served as editor-in-chief for a California-based educational publisher. He lives in Santa Monica, California.« less
This is a book I turn to when I want to know about bolt threads, the size of bricks, how big a bushel is, how to substitute different egg sizes and what standard mattress sizes are. I could also use it to find out how big a cubit is (Noah knew without this book), what a fathom is, how to lay out an official basketball court, softball field, or soccer court, how to measure a person for the proper size bicycle, the sizes and shapes of wine glasses, knitting needle sizes, how bra sizes are calculated, and how to measure noise.
I find it an indispensable reference, but you could read it for fun. Who knew that while a tablespoon equals 3 teaspoons in the US, it is 4 teaspoons in Great Britan?