Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Volume 3-5

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Volume 3-5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... be taken towards the adoption in our workshops, in a more or less complete form, of the metrical system of weights and measurements now generally in use on the Continent of Europe. At the risk of possible opposition, he is propared to avow that, after a not inconsiderable experience in international trade, in which he has been personally engaged in pushing the salo of British machinery in foreign countries, in opposition to machinery made abroad, he would gladly see the adoption by this country of the metric system in its entirety--money, weights, and measurements, as established in France in 1799. Being moreover a Frce-Trader in the widest sense of tho word, he would not hesitate to adopt from the foreigner anything that, is better than can be found at homo. PoEsibly there may be some prejudice in favour of the French system arising from the fact of his having been educated in that country--now unfortunately more than forty years ago. The facility of learning the metric system as taught in French colleges made a strong impression upon him, as compared with his earlier experience at school in England, in endeavouring to master the British weights and measures. The former is learnt with very little trouble, and is so simple and self-evident, that it remains lastingly impressed upon one's mind, whilst the latter is so complex and irrational that, although one may suppose it to be possible of acquisition, unfortunately it does not remain impressed on one's mind, seeing how often in after life one has to refer to books, when it is necessary to make a calculation outside the run of every-day work. It would possibly be wiser to eliminate from this discussion the question of money and monetary standards, as being a subject of which we more

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 417g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788133
  • 9781236788139