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A Lesson on the Origins and why the Metric System matters

A Lesson on the Origins and why the Metric System matters 

Three countries remain Liberia, Myanmar and the US that do not fully embrace metric system. Here’s A Lesson on the origins and why the metric system matters.

Interestingly the video comes from Ted – Ed and tries to cover in brief the history and current useage of the measurement systems we have today. In science and health the metric system is used in the U.S. and has been for a while. In education children in elementary classes learn both measurement systems.
Here are several comments from the post on YouTube:-
Because I’m from America I now know both metric and what we have here. So I feel like I have the advantage
Its true we use have a pint of beer but i thinks that mainly due to culture. Also height and weight in the UK is told in both metric and imperial. I thinks its due an age difference e.g. my parents where taught imperial and so use feet and pounds where as I was taught in metric so use meters and kg. I imagine in something like 2050 pretty much everyone in the UK will use metric and imperial will be a thing of the past.
In Australia, we mainly use metric, however when it comes to height you’ll say you’re 5’10” not 177 cm.

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-the-met…

For the majority of recorded human history, units like the weight of a grain or the length of a hand weren’t exact and varied from place to place. Now, consistent measurements are such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s hard to appreciate what a major accomplishment for humanity they’ve been. Matt Anticole traces the wild history of the metric system.

Lesson by Matt Anticole, animation by Globizco.

A Lesson on the Origins and why the Metric System matters

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