National Physical Laboratory

A beginner's guide to measurement.

Goldsmith, M
Measurement Good Practice Guide No. 118, 2010
NPL Doc. Ref:
PDB: 5711
Document Type:

Note: An asterisk after an author's name indicates a non-NPL author.


This Beginner’s Guide explains the fundamental concepts and basic facts about measurement, and in particular accurate measurement. It includes brief accounts of the role of measurement in modern and historical societies and explains the SI system, its base units and their relation to other units. The various organisations involved in measurement are introduced and their roles in linking all measurements to the SI base units through traceability chains explained. It includes general guidance about practical issues that affect the making of measurements, gives the meanings of key measurement terms, and explains the significance of such fundamental concepts as measurement traceability and calibration.

Download Free Electronic Copy

Please log in or register to access this functionality.

Further Information

General information about NPL publications and details to contact the British Library for other published papers can be found on the NPL Publications Homepage.


Please note that the information will not be divulged to third parties, or used without your permission