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PostThe Metric System (Ronald Hilton, USA, 09/29/00 6:32 am)
Martin Packard says: "The metric system may not be ideal for the average American. The metric systems was designed by engineers for engineers. The system we use has several advantages. The units are people size, not some fraction of the distance between the north pole and the equator. Furthermore the system is binary that is much easier for people to use, half a cup of this... Scientists and engineers have used the SI, based on the metric system for some time with no problems, except may be NASA. So lets see wait and see what globalization does for the systems of measurements. Incidentals, we no longer depend on two scratch marks on a bar in Paris. Even time is based on atomic systems. "
My retort: Bah! Sorry, Martin, in France when I was a boy some old people defended the old system. I suppose they wanted to take France back to the pre-revolutionary situation, when each region had its own measures. In England the old system was used, with all the confusion that this involved. There was a "rod, pole or perch:" I've forgotten how much that was. As for scratches on a bar in Paris, that is less arbitrary that feet. Martin, next time we meet, let's compare feet. In England there were complaints when the metric system was introduced (people always complain about change), but now they have gone metric. And Martin, NASA's confusion of meters and feet cost millions, from your pocket and mine.