A Little Light Reading

So, right now I’m trying to get through my research that includes: (Not in any particular notation style or order.)

The Measure of All Things, Ken Adler (A history of the development of the metric system) 350 pages without notes. 2002

A History of the Metric System Controversy in the United States, U.S. Metric Study Interim Report (Covers 1790 to 1968) 268 pages without appendixes. 1971

Getting a Better Understanding of the Metric System: Implications if Adopted by the United States, Comptroller of the United States (Says we should adopt) 700 pages without annexes. They’re word, not mine. 1978

A Metric America: A Decision Whose Time Has Come, (Title pretty much says it all)  Report to Congress, Daniel De Simone, 148 pages. 1971

Metric Transition in the United States, Volumes 1 & 2, National Science Foundation, about 238 pages to read. 1979

Measuring America: How an Untamed Wilderness Shaped the United States and Fulfilled the Promise of Democracy, Andro Linklater (Has bits about the metric system in it.) 266 pages without appendixes, notes, and index. 2002.

Smoots Ear: The Measure of Humanity, Robert Tavernor, (History of measurement systems) 192 pages, 2007

There’s more of course. I also have lots of articles from newspapers and other documents.

Just in case you want to read along……

I also owe a HUGE thanks to the Los Alamos Public Library System for all the help I’ve gotten acquiring these and other documents.

2 thoughts on “A Little Light Reading

  1. I wish you success with this project. I worked in FILM for many years and always thought it odd that the width was in metric (70 mm, 35 mm, 16 mm, etc) but it cane in rolls of 1000, 400, 100 feet. In the UK we’re still in this half world, using metric for most things but clinging to miles and yards for road signs and pints for beer. In our case these hang-ups are a form of misguided nationalism and looking at the past through rose-tinted spectacles. In the US it’s just habit I guess- maybe you could promote metric measures as a way of throwing off, completely, remnants of a colonial past. Chuck the ‘English’ measures into Boston harbour. (sorry, harbor).

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