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Re: [SLE] The French and the SI/Metric system (was: [SLE] Warning to Americans!)
  • From: "Carlos E. R." <robin.listas@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 7 May 2006 16:14:29 +0200 (CEST)
  • Message-id: <Pine.LNX.4.61.0605071603550.3316@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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The Sunday 2006-05-07 at 15:36 +0200, Per Jessen wrote:

> Perhaps just for completeness - the French actually made sure that
> everything fits by being a major driving force being the SI (aka
> "Metric") system of units.
>
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SI
> (lots of interesting information, worth a read).
>
> AFAIK, the old platinum/iridium standard 1 meter was/is kept in a vault
> in Paris?

Maybe. It was superseded by a number of wavelengths, so to speak (length
of the path travelled by light in absolute vacuum during a time interval
of 1/299,792,458 of a second).

I think it was othe British yard standard that melted on a fire,
and the definition now relies on the relation to the meter.

- --
Cheers,
Carlos Robinson

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