Measurement: A Very Short Introduction by David J. HandMeasurement: A Very Short Introduction by David J. Hand

Measurement: A Very Short Introduction

byDavid J. Hand

Paperback | November 5, 2016

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Measurement is a fundamental concept that underpins almost every aspect of the modern world. It is central to the sciences, social sciences, medicine, and economics, but it affects everyday life. We measure everything - from the distance of far-off galaxies to the temperature of the air,levels of risk, political majorities, taxes, blood pressure, IQ, and weight. The history of measurement goes back to the ancient world, and its story has been one of gradual standardization. Today there are different types of measurement, levels of accuracy, and systems of units, applied indifferent contexts. Measurement involves notions of variability, accuracy, reliability, and error, and challenges such as the measurement of extreme values.In this Very Short Introduction, David Hand explains the common mathematical framework underlying all measurement, the main approaches to measurement, and the challenges involved. Following a brief historical account of measurement, he discusses measurement as used in the physical sciences andengineering, the life sciences and medicine, the social and behavioural sciences, economics, business, and public policy.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
David Hand was Professor of Statistics at the Open University and then at Imperial, until 2012. He is now Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Senior Research Investigator. He has written 17 books, both academic and more popular. His books includeStatistics VSI (OUP, 2008),The Wellbeing of Nations (Wiley, 2014), and most recently,The...
Title:Measurement: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0 inPublished:November 5, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198779569

ISBN - 13:9780198779568


Table of Contents

1. A Brief History2. What is Measurement?3. Measurement in the Physical Sciences and Engineering4. Measurement in the Life Sciences, Medicine, and Health5. Measurement in the Behavioural Sciences6. Social Sciences, Economics, Business, and Public Policy7. And BeyondReferencesFurther ReadingIndex