Mass determination is of fundamental importance for science,
technology and economics. Technical measuring systems range from
ultramicro balances to weighing machines for freight trains;
massive objects range from subatomic particles to galaxies.
Comprehensive and topical, this reference work - edited by
scientists of the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Germany -
covers the whole field of mass determination. Starting from
physical foundations, it describes virtually all measurement
techniques in detail and gives a thorough overview over scientific
experiments related to the determination of mass. Reports on
contemporary problems, such as a new definition of the kilogram,
historical excursions and an unparalleled list of references make
this book an absolute must for everyone dealing with questions
relating to mass determination in fundamental research, technical
application, calibration service, and standardization, and also for
teachers and historians.