By now we have given enough examples of measurements of quantities—such as numbers of cholera cases per 10,000 houses, temperatures, weights of hot and cold bodies, rates of mental disorders, and cancer in different places—to make it apparent that measurement plays a central role in science. While not every scientific fact is a numerical one, nor every scientific theory a predictor of numerical magnitudes, so many are that we cannot conceive of modern science without the process of measurement.
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