Category Archives: Technical

Our common measurement language

One of the most important, and perhaps surprising, human achievements during the nineteen and twentieth centuries was the adoption around the world of a common language of measurement. Ronnie Cohen provides an illustration of the benefits this can bring. Likes(17)Dislikes(0)

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Muddled measures in car brochures

One of the last bastions of imperial units is our road network and hence car manufacturers’ marketing campaigns. Ronnie Cohen has been looking at some their promotional material. Likes(14)Dislikes(0)

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Leading us to the 18th century

Martin Vlietstra, one of our regular contributors, offers his thoughts on an early pronouncement by the newly-appointed Leader of the House of Commons. Likes(23)Dislikes(3)

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Measuring tapes – choice for some

In the unlikely event of Donald Trump deciding to buy a measuring tape while he is in Britain, he will find a wide choice of a type that is popular in the US. Indeed, he may have difficulty finding any other. … Continue reading

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Major shake-up of the SI

One of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, has followed up on Martin Vlietstra’s article about the “new kilogram”, with a summary of the forthcoming changes to SI. It proved difficult to create some of the symbols used by SI in the text … Continue reading

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The kilogram weight

The redefinition of the kilogram takes effect in two weeks time. To mark the event, Martin Vlietstra, one of our frequent contributors, looks at the “old” and “new” versions of this international standard. Likes(20)Dislikes(2)

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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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Vehicle fuel consumption – another muddle

We look at vehicle fuel and energy consumption, and put some questions to owners of hybrid cars. Likes(25)Dislikes(7)

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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(31)Dislikes(0)

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Metric Underground

We note the latest contract for the renewal of London Transport’s Underground fleet. Likes(23)Dislikes(2)

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