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Pronunciation matters

Metric Views - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 12:34
SI is the international standard of measurement, understood around the globe. But its value in communication can be reduced by variations in the way it is both spoken and written. Recently, Ronnie Cohen contacted the Canadian Metric Association to get … Continue reading → 0

Metrication not an issue in EU referendum

Metric Views - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:11
Many issues have been raised in the referendum campaign. The UK measurement muddle has not been one of them. Ronnie Cohen comments on the campaign so far. In March, shortly after the date had been announced for the referendum to decide … Continue reading → 2

New edition of SI brochure

Metric Views - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 17:46
One of our readers has drawn attention to the recent issue for a comment of a revised edition of the SI brochure. He writes: “The draft 9th edition of the SI brochure is available at: http://www.bipm.org/en/measurement-units/new-si/#communication Some of you may … Continue reading → 0

The link between muddled units and verbose traffic signs

Metric Views - Sat, 06/04/2016 - 00:37
Successive UK governments have retained imperial units exclusively for distance and speed on road traffic signs. Ronnie Cohen argues that, as a result, we have been unable to take advantage of universal unit symbols, a feature of the metric system … Continue reading → 0

An American perspective on the US metric transition

Metric Views - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:49
Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted the US Metric Association (USMA) to get information about the current situation in the USA regarding its transition to the metric system. Paul Trusten, Registered Pharmacist and Vice President and Public Relations Director of USMA, responded. … Continue reading → 0

Perspectives on Canada’s metric transition

Metric Views - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:07
Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada. Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted John Bailes, the President of the Canadian Metric Association to ask for information about … Continue reading → 0

British drivers face a continuing sign muddle

Metric Views - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:51
With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle. A Minister of Transport once claimed that “drivers who have not received metric education at school would be … Continue reading → 0

Progress at last on vehicle dimension signs

Metric Views - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 22:15
The 2016 traffic sign regulations banning new imperial-only vehicle dimension signs were laid before Parliament on 23 March and come into force today, 22 April. Ronnie Cohen looks at the chequered history of this commonsense reform. The replacement of imperial-only … Continue reading → 0

An insight into recent thinking at the DfT

Metric Views - Sun, 04/17/2016 - 22:08
We look at some internal correspondence at the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on the subject of the removing the obligation to fix a date for the conversion of road traffic signs to metric measurements. In January 2016, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 0

EU in or out: metric either way

Metric Views - Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:02
In February, the Prime Minister confirmed the date of the referendum which will decide whether the United Kingdom remains in or leaves the European Union (EU). The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. In this article, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 8

Notable anniversaries in the last hold-out of irrational measures

Metric Views - Fri, 03/18/2016 - 19:34
The following article appeared in March/April 2016 edition of Metric Today, the newsletter of the US Metric Association (USMA). It is being re-posted with USMA’s permission. USMA and Metric Today anniversaries The USMA newsletter, Metric Today, was first published in … Continue reading → 0

There may be hope for us yet

Metric Views - Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:09
Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers. Ken Alder, in his book,”The measure of all things”, has this to say about the adoption … Continue reading → 1
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