Science Volume 3

Science Volume 3

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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. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... name signed to this convention is that of E. B. Washburn, the United States Minister and Representative. The treaty provided for the establishment and maintenance, at the common expense of the contracting nations, of" a scientific and permanent international bureau of weights and measures, the location of which shall be Paris," to be conducted by "a general conference for weights and measures, to be composed of the delegates of all the contracting governments." Beyond the construction and custody of the international standards and the distribution to the several countries of copies thereof, it was expressly provided as to this conference by the terms of the treaty or convention that " it shall be its duty to discuss and initiate measures necessary for the dissemination and improvement of the metrical system." This convention was duly ratified by the Senate, and since that time the United States has been regularly represented in the International Conference and has paid its proper proportion of the cost of maintaining the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. By the terms of the convention the privilege of acceding thereto and thus becoming a party to it was reserved to any nations desiring to avail themselves thereof, and accordingly the following nations have since become parties to the convention, viz., Servia in 1879, Roumania in 1882, Great Britain in 1884, Japan in 1885 and Mexico in 1891. New standards were prepared with extreme care and accuracy, and duplicate copies thereof distributed to the several nations. Those for the United States were received with much ceremony at the White House, January 2, 1890, by the President in the presence of members of his Cabinet and other more

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  • Paperback | 646 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,134g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236850807
  • 9781236850805