Narrative of the Origin and Formation of the International Association for Obtaining a Uniform Decimal System of Measures, Weights and Coins

Narrative of the Origin and Formation of the International Association for Obtaining a Uniform Decimal System of Measures, Weights and Coins

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...with the calculation of aliquot parts, of Paris. Notwithstanding the advantages of the decimal subdivision, it ought not to be adopted too exclusively. The subdivision into halves, quarters, eighths, and into thirds, sixths, twelfths, &c., is equally natural with the decimal subdivision, and, in certain circumstances, is more convenient, and better accommodated to practice. The excellence of the Metrical System consists not so much in its Mutual reladecimal subdivisions, as in the simple relations, which are established 8CVCral units between the several units. The unit of itinerary measures, employed in theMetrical System. Appendix, No. II. Discussion at the Society of Political Eco-nomy. Cosmopolitan character of the Metrical System. Close of the discussion by the President. to reckon distances by land or sea, is a decimal multiple of the fundamental unit of length, the metre. In superficial measures, a glance of the eye shows the relations of ares and hectares, square metres and square kilometres, to the metre and to one another. The transformation of measures of capacity into volumes, and the reverse, is effected with equal ease; the figure being known, which denotes the density of a solid or of a liquid, its weight might be at once converted into a measure of capacity, or of volume; even sums of money might with the greatest ease be employed instead of weights. In this respect the Metrical System far surpasses every other. In every country certain advantages might be secured by adopting a unit for each kind of measurement, and by taking its decimal multiples and subdivisions; but the Metrical System alone possesses that simplicity in the mutual relations of all its parts, which is practically so valuable in the sciences, the arts, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123650187X
  • 9781236501875