The euro – decimal all ways

It has now been 15 years since the launch of euro notes and coins on 1 January 2002. While UKMA takes no position on the euro, the anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins gives an opportunity to emphasise the role of measurement in their production.

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Planned upgrades to the SI

We kick off 2017 with an article for metric geeks.

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Should auld acquaintance be forgot

We take a look at the past year on Metric Views and speculate about what the future holds.

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Rio 2016, a showcase for the metric system

As 2016 draws to a close, we look at one of the institutions that benefits from an international and universal measurement system – the Olympic Games.

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Imperial on the surface, metric beneath

Following on from his article about the far-reaching influence of the measurement units used on road traffic signs, Ronnie Cohen now takes a look at the signs themselves and the roads they complement.

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The influence of traffic signs goes way beyond transport

During the past few weeks, there have been many news stories about the removal or modification of certain metric traffic signs by an elderly gent from Huntingdon and his friends. Their inability to see beyond the narrow remit they have set themselves has become very clear. In this article, Ronnie Cohen puts forward a contrary view.

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Education matters

The benefit for education is an important but often ignored reason for completing the UK’s metric changeover. Metric Views welcomes a new report that has recently appeared on the subject, entitled “Metrication in education”. Our article includes a link to download the report. Continue reading

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Isolationist thinking behind Trump and Vote Leave

UKMA did not takes sides in the EU referendum campaign – the UK would have to do business with a world that is predominantly metric whatever the outcome. However, one of our regular contributors, Ronnie Cohen, detects a theme of isolationism in pronouncements by both Trump and Vote Leave. Here is his personal viewpoint.

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Quirks of US Customary Units

Some would argue that the decline of manufacturing industry in the USA contributed to Mr Trump’s surprising victory in the Presidential election*. Others might say that manufacturing’s decline was due in part to the tardy adoption of the international system of measures. Here we look at some of the quirks of ‘English measures’, a throw back to the USA’s colonial past and still widely used in America today.

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Imperial habits die hard

The attention of Metric Views has been drawn to a question appearing in the ‘Problems solved’ section of the November edition of Which? magazine. It relates to washing powder weights and volumes.

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