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Re: Off Topic: Goin' Metric
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"the division of the meter in factors of 10 because of the happenstance that we have 10 fingers doesn't seem especially logical and scientific to me."

It's no less logical or scientific than the inch first being defined as "three grains of barley, dry and round, placed end to end, lengthwise". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inch)

Even if your '10 fingers' theory was true, and it's not, at least it's a reasonable basis for a measurement system. Not too many people I know have 4, 8, 12 or 16 of anything to help them with dividing-up imperial units :-)

Metric has one advantage that no-one can argue with... it's used by almost every country & that's important in this modern age of international trading.

Regards,

Phil.

: don't understand all the fuss. Use either, who cares? Just don't
: rob us of the choice, that's not the democratic and free market
: way. I have metric on one side of the tape measure and imperial
: on the other. I use which ever works best for the job in hand.
: No big deal. I would use cubits and fathoms if they were more
: appropriate.

: However, it can be a pain to use metric since the only official
: units are mm and meters and there is a factor of 1000; because
: of that measurements in mm often run to several hundreds which
: is more likely to lead to mistakes. In many cases it is less
: likely to lead to an error when I work in feet and inches.

: The division of a foot into 12 inches is dumb I agree, but dividing
: the inch down in steps of 2:1 is convenient and logical. It is
: simply the binary system, the same way computers are built
: internally. I have no trouble with binary arithmetic and in fact
: I worked with computers and digital electronics for many years.

: By comparison, the division of the meter in factors of 10 because
: of the happenstance that we have 10 fingers doesn't seem
: especially logical and scientific to me. Some folk claim it is a
: huge convenience that 1 cubic meter of fresh water weighs
: precisely 1 metric tonne. No much help if you are designing a
: sea-going boat.

: I also worked in metric for decades in various fields so I am not a
: dinosaur. Adopt the metric system by all means, but I would
: oppose efforts to eliminate the imperial system which is
: superior for some purposes such as building a boat.

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