Tag Archives: measurement units

Brexit – where next?

Our series of articles on Brexit concludes with speculation on the future for the UK and its measurement muddle. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

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How the UK created a measurement muddle

The series of four articles on the outcome of the EU referendum continues with a look at how the current measurement muddle came about. Likes(3)Dislikes(0)

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There may be hope for us yet

Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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A day at the National Museum of Measurement

The summer holidays are in full swing, so John Frewen-Lord provides us with some light reading for a lazy day, plus a reminder that it is back to school in a month. Now where are my sun glasses? Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Waterloo 1815 – what if?

We speculate on the consequences if there had been a different outcome at the Battle of Waterloo. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Una mensura sit per totum regnum nostrum

On Monday 15 June, the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta was celebrated in much of the English-speaking world. In this article we look at one of its less well-known clauses – that relating to weights and measures. … Continue reading

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The white heat cools

We review the events that followed the announcement in May 1965 of a change of Government policy on the adoption of metric weights and measures. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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A skirmish across the Pond

Readers may be interested in a recent exchange of views between Clay Rogers, a journalist with a newspaper in Iowa, and Paul Trusten, Vice President of UKMA’s sister organisation in the USA. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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Decimal currency, metric measures and the vanished link

For over a century, the introduction of metric measures in the UK was linked to that of decimal currency. But then, while we were saying farewell to £sd, the situation changed. We follow the story and draw an unsurprising conclusion. … Continue reading

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Measurement units – a daily dilemma for the media

We take a look at a uniquely British problem faced by our media and in particular the BBC, namely which system of measurement units to use. Likes(0)Dislikes(0)

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