Theory and Practice of the Metric System of Weights and Measures

Theory and Practice of the Metric System of Weights and Measures

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...Metric system came in force in Brazil by the law of September 10, 1863. ARGENTINE CONFEDERATION. Population (1869),1,736,000. _The law of September 10, 1863, introduced the Metric system. NEW GRENADA, on UNITED STATES or COLOMBIA. Population, 2,800,000. The Metric system was adopted in New Grenada in 1863. PERU. Population, 3,37 4,000. In Peru also the Metric system was introduced in 1863. VENEZUELA. Population, 1,565,000. The Government submitted to Congress the introduction of the Metric system in 1855. UNITED STATES. Population, (1871), 38,000,000, The Constitution of the United States having empowered Congress to fix the standard of weights and measures, efforts were soon after made to establish a uniform and decimal system, and in 1790, in accordance with a recommendation of President Washington, Mr. Jefferson, then Secretary of State, made a report on the subject, recommending the second's pendulum as the standard of measures. In 1817 the matter was referred by 'the Senate to Mr. John Quincy Adams, who in his report in 1821 advised a suspension of all innovation at home until an international scheme could be adopted in America in conjunction with foreign nations. No practical step was, however, taken on the subject till 1865, when at the instance of Mr. Chase, the Secretary of the Treasury, the National Academy of Science appointed 2. Committee on Weights and Measures and Coinage. In 1866 that Committee reported, recommending the introduction of the Metric system, and in the same year an Act was passed, making it lawful throughout the United States to employ the weights and measures of the Metric system. A joint resolution was also passed, authorizing and directing the Secretary of the Treasury to furnish to each more

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