The Metric Fallacy: An Investigation of the Claims Made for the Metric System and Especially of the Claim that Its Adoption is Necessary in the Interest of Export Trade

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American Institute of Weights and Measures, 1919 - Metric system - 229 pages
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"Chapters IX, XVIII, XXIII and XXIV are by ... Samuel S. Dale."--Preface.

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Page 124 - ... shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, in any court of competent jurisdiction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than fifty nor more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment in jail not exceeding six months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Page 124 - Congress assembled, that on and after the first day. of January, nineteen hundred and four, all the Departments of the Government of the United States, in the transaction of all business requiring the use of weight and measurement, except in completing the survey of public lands, shall employ and use only the weights and measures of the metric system ; and...
Page 101 - Square Measure 144 square inches = 1 square foot 9 square feet = 1 square yard...
Page 140 - That from and after the first of July, 1908, all the departments of the Government of the United States, in the transaction of business requiring the use of weight and measurement, shall employ and use the weights and measures of the Metric System.
Page 141 - F.) is just twice too large for ordinary studies. The worst difficulty, however, is in the use of the Centigrade scale below freezing. Any one who has had to study figures half of which have minus signs before them knows the amount of labor involved.
Page 124 - ... or by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, in the discretion of the court.
Page 12 - ... subject is susceptible, not considering how far it should be extended, or where it finds its boundary in the nature of things and of man, enacts laws inadequate to their purpose, inconsistent with one another, sometimes stubbornly resisting, at others weakly yielding to inveterate uses or abuses, and finishes by increasing the diversities which it was his intention to abolish, and by loading his statute book only with the impotence of authority and the uniformity of confusion.
Page 149 - ... the members of the Motor and Accessory Manufacturers' Association its opposition to any legislative action which would result in making the adoption of the metric system of weights and measures obligatory ; and further be it Resolved, That this committee recommend to the members of this association the work of the American Institute of Weights and Measures in opposing the compulsory adoption of the metric system. (Abstract from a letter by MI Heminway, general manager, Nov.
Page 144 - The American people cannot give them up if they would. Even if the metric system were far superior to the English system, which it is not, and even if it were possible to enforce it by compulsory legislation, which it is not, the enormous cost of introducing it, the vast trouble and confusion it would cause during the transition period for at least two generations, the abandonment of our mechanical standards, upon which are based the present system of interchangeability of parts of manufactured articles,...
Page 142 - ... statement by JE Hilgard, Assistant, United States Coast Survey, and Inspector, United States Standard Weights and Measures, who in response to a resolution by the House of Representatives submitted a report dated March 21, 1878, on the obligatory use of the metric system for government business: Not only are lands purchased from the public domain described in a simple decimal system of acres measured by square chains and decimals, but all the most valuable real estate, such as lots and streets...

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