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The Values of Precision
Edited by M. Norton Wise

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction3
1Quantification, Precision, and Accuracy: Determinations of Population in the Ancien Regime17
2A Revolution to Measure: The Political Economy of the Metric System in France39
3"The Nicety of Experiment": Precision of Measurement and Precision of Reasoning in Late Eighteenth-Century Chemistry72
4Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part I - Traveling92
5The Meaning of Precision: The Exact Sensibility in Early Nineteenth-Century Germany103
6Accurate Measurement Is an English Science135
7Precision and Trust: Early Victorian Insurance and the Politics of Calculation173
8The Images of Precision: Helmholtz and the Graphical Method in Physiology198
9Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part II - The Age of Steam and Telegraphy222
10The Morals of Energy Metering: Constructing and Deconstructing the Precision of the Victorian Electrical Engineer's Ammeter and Voltmeter239
11Precision Implemented: Henry Rowland, the Concave Diffraction Grating, and the Analysis of Light283
12The Laboratory of Theory or What's Exact about the Exact Sciences?311
13Precision: Agent of Unity and Product of Agreement Part III - "Today Precision Must be Commonplace"352
Index363

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