Why the metric system matters - Matt Anticole


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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.


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i think we mus swich that one week is 10 days one hour 10 minutes one minute 1000 seconds full circle 1000 degreese

1 day ago

What if I call a mm a megameter?

2 days ago

I use metric on the US but everyone freaks when I tell them it’s 20 degrees outside :D

6 days ago

1:49 WHY ISN'T THE UK ON THE MAP

1 week ago

In the UK (England, at least) we actually haven't fully switched. We tend to use mph rather than kph and feet/inches measuring height, but this is still changing. Most of us know both because we were taught one or the other by our parents/school and adapted to suit either the differences between these teachings or those around us who happen to use the opposite system.

1 week ago

04:40 Yeah who gives a f*** about UK?

2 weeks ago

when I go to cooking sites and see OZ and things I am like daft is that

2 weeks ago

here's what I say:
Metric is easier to calculate, especially in bigger numbers; Imperial is easier to relate, especially in smaller numbers

Scientific and Mathemathic calculations, orthography, I'm all for Metric
Height, borders of paper, size of paper, Imperial, yes please


but I think it still depends on how the people use them or how people are used to using them

2 weeks ago

why you gotta be the special snowflake so badly murica??

2 weeks ago

The metric system is so much more than just centimeters, meters and kilometers. there are many more measurements based on it and the multiples of 10: for example water frozes at 0 degrees celsius and boils on 100 degrees celsius – at 1 bar (pressure) – and is 1 kg (mass), which is a volume of 10 square centimeters (length)

There are 22 units like these.

2 weeks ago

Almost the whole world can speak at least "some" English, and some people complain that metric is hard ? Really ? It's the same counting as in counting money, for fuck's sake.

2 weeks ago

1:14 Poland defeats France

2 weeks ago

Kilometers > miles

2 weeks ago

HaS aNyOnE eLsE mEnTiOnEd ThAt AmErIcA wEnT tO tHe MoOn? I tHiNk I'm ThE oNlY oNe.

2 weeks ago

Everyone: *uses metric and imperial
Me as intelect: *uses kati, pikul, hasta, depa, gantang, etc

2 weeks ago

Jokes on you, Americans 😂 I spent an hour on the comment section. Lol

3 weeks ago

because decimals are better than fractions

3 weeks ago

EVERYONE here is confusing ‘decimal’, ‘single-base’ and ‘metric’ systems.
Mostly because Imperial is neither single-base nor metric.
(Some units are decimal, though. Monetary, for example.)

The SI system is not totally decimal: it includes the second, which goes on in a sexagesimal system, then totally fucks up: hours, days, months years, whatever.
Hence bizarre units like a lightyear... a parsec... or the AU...

3 weeks ago

Metric is better

3 weeks ago

USA left the group

3 weeks ago