Book reveals people behind the science

Alan Durden, St Mary's House administrator, with his book, Measures of Genius
Alan Durden, St Mary's House administrator, with his book, Measures of Genius
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GREAT scientists who gave their names to units of measure are remembered in a book by local author Alan Durden.

Measures of Genius will be launched on Friday at St Mary’s House, Bramber, where Mr Durden is administrator.

“Familiar terms such as watt, volt, amp and hertz are used in everyday language,” he said. “They honour the work of great scientists, but who are these people? What did they do? Why was their work important?

“Most people have heard of James Watt, and associate him with the steam engine, but how many know anything about Alessandro Volta, André-Marie Ampère or Heinrich Hertz?”

These questions and more are answered in his book, a fascinating insight into the life and work of the scientists who had units of measure named after them.

Admission to the launch, at 7.30pm, is by free ticket. Call 01903 816205 or apply at www.bramberpress.co.uk. The book will be on sale with a £3 discount off the normal price, £14.99.