
 Ockham's Razor  02/08/1998: Trouble with the Metric System 
  Metric scales not only have an obvious advantage for most forms of digitally read measurement, but the system as a whole is superior when it comes to calculation, concise notation, range of application, transfer and transposition. 
  The metric units, however, are reductions of astronomical size quantities, using a constant subdivision factor of ten. 
  The length of the metre, a dimension which underpins the whole metric system, was originally (and quite erroneously, as it turned out), calculated as a fraction of the Earth's diameter. 
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