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Commentary on the measurement muddle in the UK 2016-05-20T13:33:10Z
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An American perspective on the US metric transition

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:49
Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted the US Metric Association (USMA) to get information about the current situation in the USA regarding its transition to the metric system. Paul Trusten, Registered Pharmacist and Vice President and Public Relations Director of USMA, responded. … Continue reading → 0

Perspectives on Canada’s metric transition

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 16:07
Following earlier discussion on Metric Views, we take a look at the current position on the metric changeover in Canada. Earlier this year, Ronnie Cohen contacted John Bailes, the President of the Canadian Metric Association to ask for information about … Continue reading → 0

British drivers face a continuing sign muddle

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 22:51
With the end in prospect for road traffic signs showing imperial-only vehicle dimensions, Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the current muddle. A Minister of Transport once claimed that “drivers who have not received metric education at school would be … Continue reading → 0

Progress at last on vehicle dimension signs

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 22:15
The 2016 traffic sign regulations banning new imperial-only vehicle dimension signs were laid before Parliament on 23 March and come into force today, 22 April. Ronnie Cohen looks at the chequered history of this commonsense reform. The replacement of imperial-only … Continue reading → 0

An insight into recent thinking at the DfT

Sun, 04/17/2016 - 22:08
We look at some internal correspondence at the UK Department for Transport (DfT) on the subject of the removing the obligation to fix a date for the conversion of road traffic signs to metric measurements. In January 2016, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 0

EU in or out: metric either way

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:02
In February, the Prime Minister confirmed the date of the referendum which will decide whether the United Kingdom remains in or leaves the European Union (EU). The referendum will take place on 23 June 2016. In this article, Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 8

Notable anniversaries in the last hold-out of irrational measures

Fri, 03/18/2016 - 19:34
The following article appeared in March/April 2016 edition of Metric Today, the newsletter of the US Metric Association (USMA). It is being re-posted with USMA’s permission. USMA and Metric Today anniversaries The USMA newsletter, Metric Today, was first published in … Continue reading → 0

There may be hope for us yet

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 15:09
Metric Views has come across a personal view on the use of the metric system in Germany that may surprise some of our readers. Ken Alder, in his book,”The measure of all things”, has this to say about the adoption … Continue reading → 1

The curse of conversion factors

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 22:17
In this article, Ronnie Cohen looks at lists of plausible conversions in both directions between imperial units still in use in the UK and metric units. Since 2010, although the use of supplementary indications has been permitted indefinitely, only six imperial units have … Continue reading → 0

The battle for measurement supremacy

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 16:58
In December 2015, television weather forecasters expressed our record rainfall in millimetres while the national newspapers stubbornly stuck to inches. Apparently, the use two different measurement systems for the same phenomenon is alive and well in the UK. Ronnie Cohen … Continue reading → 2