Jacqueline Goss and Jenny Perlin retrace the journey of two 18th-century astronomers tasked with determining the true length of the meter. From the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel, The Measures explores the metric system’s origins during the violence and upheavals of the French Revolution.
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Throw up a bunch of formulas on the board in fast motion and see if anything sticks. They covered a number of different topics, but nothing in any great detail. Math vs. Religion, Math vs. Politics, Psychology of Savants. Friction!
Very strong ending, the use of two cameras independently operated by both directors really complemented the narrative of the two savants working separately on the same scientific problem... the entire film was an exercise in the strength of visual and intellectual division - very well done!