Denseman on the Rattis

Formerly known as the Widmann Blog


Metrification now!

I’ve blogged about metrification before, but I’ve now come across the subject twice in the past 24 hours.

Firstly, I brought a book called Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy to London yesterday to have something to read in the airport. I thought it was mainly about how the American states were measured, but it turned out to contain several chapters about metrification. I wouldn’t call it pro-metric, but I thought I sensed a degree of metric fatalism, that is, a sense that even the US will one day go metric.

And then today, I came across the website of the UK metric association. It’s good to see there are people out there campaigning for the UK to give up its bizarre mix of imperial and metric.

Do go to their site and read the arguments, and consider joining!

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