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As it happens, virtually the whole world, except for the United States, uses a
particular system of measurement called "the metric system," a system first
established in France in the 1790s. What's more, the rules for using the metric
system have ...
In the metric system, the megagram is a compromise between the two tons and,
in French, 1 megagram, or 1 000 kilograms, is a "tonne." Unfortunately, "tonne"
has the same pronunciation as "ton" and to avert the possibility of confusion, the ...
The hectogram is almost never used as a unit, though it is permitted in the SI
version of the metric system. Generally, if you want to avoid the decimal, you
convert to grams and, instead of saying 0.316 kilograms, you say 316 grams. A
mass of ...
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THE MEASURE OF THE UNIVERSEUser Review - Kirkus
Asimov-watchers know his fascination with measurements. They know, too, that he'll always provide some down-home comparison to make a millimetre meaningful. This volume can be said to represent the ... Read full review