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Blackman, AE (1910) Weighing the Earth. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 376-379. ISSN 0080-4703

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As in all other scientific systems of taking measurements,
especially those in which the object of measurement
is not directly comparable with our established units,
special instruments have to be constructed by which
certain measurements are taken, these serving us by the
aid of the known laws involved with sufficient data to
make calculations from which we derive the answer
This necessitates the selecting of a method out of the
possible many at our disposal, which, with the same
degree of care taken in those measurements, will lead,
all things considered, to the most reliable result.
The less the number of such measurements, and the
larger the parts measured (the size of a part here refers
to it as a multiple of the smallest portions of it capable
of measurement), as a rule, the more dependable must
be the result.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 376-379
ISSN: 0080-4703
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 05:28
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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