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Science  10 Sep 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5690, pp. 1569-1570
DOI: 10.1126/science.1100792

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The Morals of Measurement Accuracy, Irony, and Trust in Late Victorian Electrical Practice. Graeme J. N. Gooday. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004. 357 pp. $85, £55.00. ISBN 0-521-43098-4.

The author offers a social history of electrical technology that focuses on the questions of how electricity was to be quantified and who was qualified to make the required measurements.