a measure of all things
The book has 11 chapters, each looking at a type of measurement - length, area, volume, mass, time, temperature and so on. These are divided into typically 2 page sections on a particular topic, with plenty of diagrams. This helps to pack in a great deal of information, but in a way which is accessible to the novice reader. However, it's not the sort of book to read from start to finish, but then again it isn't really a reference book either - its more of a book to dip into at odd moments. I think its best suited for those who want some background information on the systems of measurement which they encounter.