What is it with men and measuring sticks?
Measuring, ordering, dividing and land surveying are just part of being human, but the tools we have used for measuring have changed just as much as our fashion sense. In Roman times, the well-known “centuriation” method of land delimitation and division was used, implicating the use of creative methods and techniques as well as ingenious instruments invented for just this purpose.
This exhibition presents thirty instruments of terrestrial measurement: invar bars, lunettes, theodolites, optic levels, tachometers, and sextants. They correspond to precision devices chronologically centered between the beginning of the 19th century and the mid- 20th century.