I tend to read a lot. When I was a kid, my parents could always find me in the bookstore by looking for the kid sitting cross-legged on the floor surrounded by the books I’d picked out so far. It took them a while to figure out that it was easier to get me out of the bookstore if they took me before dinner. Eventually my hunger would outstrip my desire to read (this still works, by the way).
I figured I’d keep track of the books I’m reading over there in the sidebar. Right now, Measuring America is proving to be a far more interesting read than I thought it would. It mixes the politics and science of the day by bringing together the ideas of Jefferson, Lavoisier, Madison and others to show how each informs the other. Throw in the westward expansion of the United States and the avaricious nature of land speculators, the French Revolution and the resultant Committee for Public Safety along with the English disgust with the States and France and it’s no wonder we wound up with the measurements and weights we did.