# Mathematical Digest

### Short Summaries of Articles about Mathematics

in the Popular Press

"Revolutionary Measures": Review of *The Measure of the World,* by Denis Guedj. Reviewed by Roy Herbert. *New Scientist,* 29 September 2001, page 66.

This book tells, in novelized form, the story of the 18th century measurement of the quarter meridian between Dunkirk and Barcelona. This measurement established a standard for the length of a meter: It is one ten-millionth of the quarter meridian. The book "is tale of adventure, drama, comedy and danger and its background is the turbulence and terror of the French Revolution," the review states.

*--- Allyn Jackson *