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    Re: Point Venus, August 1773
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2007 May 3, 10:47 -0400

    
    Fred,
    
    On Thu, 3 May 2007, Fred Hebard wrote:
    
    > If the meter had been a bit more accurate
    
    I do not understand this sentence.
    The meter standard is as accurate as modern technology permits.
    (Its definition is not related to any meridian since
    XIX century. There is just a standard of meter,
    first it was some particular rod held in Paris, now
    it is defined in terms of certain wavelength).
    
    But the relation of the meter to the meridian seems irrelevant.
    It would be of some relevance if we switched to the
    metric system for angles (400 degrees in a circle).
    
    > In the U.S., all surveys are in the English system and degrees-
    > minutes-seconds.
    
    You mean they use English mile?
    
    Alex.
    
    
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