Category Archives: History

How British metallurgists helped to make the first international kilogram

We reported a few weeks ago on the redefinition of the kilogram. In this article, Martin Vlietstra, one of our regular contributors, outlines Britain’s contribution to the creation of the prototype kilogram upon which the definition had relied since 1889. … Continue reading

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Two kinds of country?

We return after a break with a short article from one of our supporters about a recent film release Likes(13)Dislikes(2)

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43 years late

One of the editors of Metric Views has been reading a book entitled “Eleven minutes late” by Matthew Engel. The book is subtitled “A train journey into the soul of Britain”, and may provide a clue to why the UK … Continue reading

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Isolationist or Imperialist?

On the eve of a showdown Cabinet meeting on Brexit, one of our frequent contributors, Ronnie Cohen, asks if British attitudes both to the EU and to this country’s metric changeover are part of the same mindset. Likes(20)Dislikes(0)

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Energy units – muddle in the making?

It was decided early in the 1990s that the unit for pricing of domestic gas should change from the therm to the kilowatt hour, which is a metric unit but not SI. We ask if this made ‘metric sense’. Likes(20)Dislikes(1)

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Metric Underground

We note the latest contract for the renewal of London Transport’s Underground fleet. Likes(14)Dislikes(2)

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Liberia joins the club

We comment on reports that Liberia intends to adopt the metric system. Likes(16)Dislikes(0)

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Metric vs Imperial. Which?

We comment on a letter and the reply recently published in Which?, the magazine of the Consumers Association. Likes(48)Dislikes(4)

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A wrong turning that led British Leyland to a dead end

We reprint an article that was first published ten years ago and illustrates the risks of using a mix of metric and Imperial measures. Likes(42)Dislikes(34)

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Then and now

We take a look at a film from 1973 made with the aim introducing the metric system to the general public. Likes(49)Dislikes(47)

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