Yes, from Helen of Troy, in the phrase of Christopher Marlowe's Faustus: "Was this the face that launched a thousand ships...?" A milliHelen is a unit of gorgeousness sufficient to launch just one ship. A microHelen is enough to get one, maybe two, sailors all excited. Not exactly ugly, but fairly run-of-the-mill mud-fence sort of a mug, y'know?
Created by Isaac Asimov, so I'm told.
I am searching for information about the "MacMichael" of the McM test, degrees McM and the McM viscometer. This is for a book I am researching on measurements named for actual people.
So, is (was) there a person of that name who came up with the test and system of measurements? I'm looking for full name, dates and place of birth and death, and anything else on how and why he(?) felt the need for and figured out how to, create this measureement.
I'm researching the origins of the Zhubov scale for a book.
Can anyone give me the full name and maybe the rank of N. N. Zhubov, and the exact dates (not just the years) and place of his birth and death? I also need any details on his life and how and why he came up with this scale, and why, for heaven's sake, "balls?" instead of, say, ice cubes?