The Resource Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet, John Bemelmans Marciano

Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet, John Bemelmans Marciano

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Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet
Title
Whatever happened to the metric system?
Title remainder
how America kept its feet
Statement of responsibility
John Bemelmans Marciano
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Most of the rest of the world is on the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s America appeared ready to make the switch. Yet it never happened, and the reasons for that get to the root of who we think we are, just as the measurements are woven into the ways we think. Marciano chronicles the origins of measurement systems, the kaleidoscopic array of standards throughout Europe and the thirteen American colonies, the combination of intellect and circumstance that resulted in the metric system's creation in France in the wake of the French Revolution, and America's stubborn adherence to the hybrid United States Customary System ever since
Cataloging source
TOH
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marciano, John Bemelmans
Dewey number
389/.15
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QC92.U54
LC item number
M37 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Metric system
  • Weights and measures
  • Metric system
Label
Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet, John Bemelmans Marciano
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The day the metric died -- Thomas Jefferson plans -- American Paris -- Metric systems -- The decimation of everything -- Napoleonic measures -- Lighthouses of the sky -- The internationalists -- A universal coin -- The battle of the standards -- Standard time -- A toolkit for the world -- The Great Calendar Debate -- Shocks to the system -- A metric America -- Isolated -- Appendix A. U.S. customary and metric measures -- Appendix B. Customary metric measures
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781608194759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)826452273
  • 713251
  • (OCoLC)ocn826452273
  • 713251
Label
Whatever happened to the metric system? : how America kept its feet, John Bemelmans Marciano
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-300) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The day the metric died -- Thomas Jefferson plans -- American Paris -- Metric systems -- The decimation of everything -- Napoleonic measures -- Lighthouses of the sky -- The internationalists -- A universal coin -- The battle of the standards -- Standard time -- A toolkit for the world -- The Great Calendar Debate -- Shocks to the system -- A metric America -- Isolated -- Appendix A. U.S. customary and metric measures -- Appendix B. Customary metric measures
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
310 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781608194759
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)826452273
  • 713251
  • (OCoLC)ocn826452273
  • 713251

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