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Measure for Measure - Weight
We weigh in at birth and are slaves to the scales for the next three score years and ten.
Whether we're baking a cake, cooking up some chemistry or loading a lorry, we need to know exactly how light or heavy objects are.
When trade started primitive people started to weigh things, at first by simply lifting and comparing.
Some handy object would serve as a crude standard to weigh things against.
A more accurate means of measurement was soon needed and in time someone came up with a machine which along with a wheel
and a lever is one of the few really fundamental inventions of pre-history. The balance.
Why is Lb an abbreviation for pound?
Why is a bakers dozen so called?
Yorkshireman Brian Glover (GRHS) includes plenty of humour as he tells the history of weighing in another brilliant
programme shown on BBC2 in 1993.
Narrator: Brian Glover
Mr Measurement: Justin Case
Director: Bryn Higgins
Production Company: Windfall Films
Sponsor: BBC Education
Producers: Ian Duncan and Bryn Higgins
Editor: Paul Shepard
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