Desk Companion: How to Measure, Convert, Calculate and Define Practically Anything / Edition 1

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Pop quiz … How do you convert 24.6 cubic meters into cubic feet? … Can you calculate net present values in light of percentage reversals? … What is the currency of Yemen? … What do the Paasche, Laspeyres, and Irving Fisher indexes refer to? … How do you measure the damage caused by atomic bombs? … Need some help? Turn to this invaluable reference. Executives, investors, and students know that to hang on and succeed in today’s high-speed global business environment requires more knowledge and instant expertise than ever before. They need quick answers, lightning conversions, accurate measurements, and reliable formulas. They need The Economist Desk Companion. This unique reference, developed from the internationally renowned World Measurement Guide, covers all the measurements and definitions you will ever need to know, as well as calculations and formulas relating to a vast array of specialized topics and daily life. It includes 75 pages packed with tables and charts that provide instant answers to complicated sums and conversions such as annual compound interest or kilowatts to horsepower. Whether you want to know what your annual repayments will be at a monthly interest rate of 1.3%, how a mortgage repayment will break down over 30 years, or the bulk density of exfoliated vermiculite, The Economist Desk Companion has all the answers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471249535
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/1/1998
  • Series: Economist Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 8.36 (w) x 10.23 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

THE ECONOMIST, launched in 1843, is the most authoritative and influential international news and business magazine and is widely read by top decision makers around the world.

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Table of Contents


Metric System.

United Kingdom.

United States of America.



Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing.

Chemicals, Industrial.




Country Codes and Currencies.






Food and Drink.


Iron and Steel.

Light, Optics and Photography.

Mathematics and Statistics.

Minerals and Alloys.

Paper, Packaging and Printing.

Sound and Music.

Space, Time and the Earth.






Fractions to Decimals.

Percentage Reversals.



Areas of Circles from Radii.

Radii of Circles from Areas.

Volume and Capacity.

Weight (Mass).

Pressure and Stress.

Temperature: Celsius and Fahrenheit.

Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry.




Food and Drink.


Iron and Steel.





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