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The flip side of SI

Metric Views - Sun, 09/06/2015 - 21:50
Charlie P, a regular if occasionally critical contributor to MV, promised he would on his return from holiday give his thoughts on “the flip side of the SI as far as the average man in the street is concerned”. These … Continue reading → 0

New breakthrough for the kilogram

Metric Views - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 00:23
In this article about new scientific developments to redefine the kilogram and remove its link to a physical object, Ronnie Cohen writes about recent reports about a new scientific breakthrough in getting the most accurate estimate of Avogadro’s constant to … Continue reading → 0

A day at the National Museum of Measurement

Metric Views - Fri, 08/07/2015 - 00:44
The summer holidays are in full swing, so John Frewen-Lord provides us with some light reading for a lazy day, plus a reminder that it is back to school in a month. Now where are my sun glasses? “Class, here … Continue reading → 0

Think metric for success

Metric Views - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:40
We look at the metric changeover in the UK construction industry, and some of the posters that were part of it. The comments that followed our last article included variations on the word “convert” about 25 times, including eight in … Continue reading → 0

Changing standards and definitions, including one best forgotten

Metric Views - Fri, 07/24/2015 - 00:04
After the controversy of recent weeks with bashed bridges, furlongs and novel signs, we turn to something deadly dull – the definitions of length, mass (or weight) and capacity (or volume) and their relationships. The earliest civilisations, the Sumerians, the … Continue reading → 0

Novel signs around the UK

Metric Views - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 00:00
Following on from our article last week about those curious signs in Southend, Ronnie Cohen, one of our regular readers, now reports on a few others that have attracted his attention. We are all familiar with the muddle that has … Continue reading → 6

Signs of the past in Southend-on-Sea

Metric Views - Fri, 07/10/2015 - 00:19
There has been an exchange of views on Facebook recently about alterations to signs in Southend-on-Sea carried out by “activists” over a decade ago. This has provided an opportunity for Metric Views to restate the legal position and to discuss … Continue reading → 2

Another bridge bashed

Metric Views - Fri, 07/03/2015 - 18:00
John Frewen-Lord posted this comment on Metric Views but was unable to add the pictures that he took at the scene. We can, and accordingly we have made it the subject of a short article. “@Charlie P 2 July 2015 … Continue reading → 1

Metric Malta

Metric Views - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:42
Malta is one of four EU countries which, within living memory, did not have metric as their primary system of measures. A recent holiday in Malta prompted a look at its transition to the metric system from traditional measures. The … Continue reading → 0

Waterloo 1815 – what if?

Metric Views - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 00:23
We speculate on the consequences if there had been a different outcome at the Battle of Waterloo. On the morning of 18 June, 200 years ago, 140 000 men from six countries waited in fields beside the main road south … Continue reading → 0
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