Who's to really say 2+2=4? Isn't math nothing more than a theory?
In America, fortunately, we start with feet and stay that way.In a metric culture you start with metric units and from that point things are very easy.
Ok if you want to go that route: I'll agree to pay you $200 an hour, but after you work for two hours and come to get your pay check, instead of giving you $400 I'll give you a $1 and tell you the math isn't real it is only a theory. If 2+2=4 wasn't true then there would have been no railroads built, or bridges, or sky scrapers, or anything else that involves engineering, there would be no commerce, no sports, nor anything considered an attribute of a civilization. I am not even certain nature would work right.Who's to really say 2+2=4? Isn't math nothing more than a theory?
The Metric system is French. The French even had it "patented" until 1875 or so. I'm pretty certain that buying a new method of measure from the French and converting everything everyone knew was the last thing on the rebel's minds.Why does the US use a measurement method that was determined by the size of the foot of the king of England? Being the nation that fought the red coats and separated ourselves, one would think that it made sense, even then, to convert to metric. Or did the English already use metric units in the mid-1700s?
Very true, rebels typically don't think of things like this.The Metric system is French. The French even had it "patented" until 1875 or so. I'm pretty certain that buying a new method of measure from the French and converting everything everyone knew was the last thing on the rebel's minds
I do not know. The French were definitely in a mad rush to be the "best" of everything in the world. For a time they were the world leaders in science, especially electricity. Names like Ampere, François-Marie Arouet (Voltaire), Coulomb, Laplace, Pixxi should sound familiar. 1800s was a good time to be an electrical engineer in France.WIron Horsemen, I learned years ago in high school (if I remember correctly) that part of the motivation of the French to adopt the metric system was to promote trade throughout the continent of Europe rather then with Great Britain. Does this idea have any basis in fact?
RailroadBookstore.com - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section.
ModelRailroadBookstore.com - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.