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    Re: Point Venus, August 1773
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2007 May 3, 09:48 -0400

    If the meter had been a bit more accurate and if decimal angular
    measures directly related to the meter had been accepted, the metric
    system would have been better for land mensuration (surveying).  It's
    very convenient that the nautical mile is close to one minute of arc
    (11 parts in a thousand).
    In the U.S., all surveys are in the English system and degrees-
    minutes-seconds.  This may be the main impediment to the U.S.
    adopting the metric system, along, perhaps, with binary fractions of
    inches being convenient for carpenters (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, etc).  It
    certainly would be nice for mechanics were the metric system adopted
    as it would halve the size of their wrench collections.
    On May 3, 2007, at 9:32 AM, Alexandre E Eremenko wrote:
    > These pages are mostly run by the opponents of the metric
    > system:-)
    > As if precise measurement of a meridian had anything to do
    > with the matter. The advantages of the metric system are certainly
    > not in the precise relation
    > between the meter and some meridian.
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