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The Metric System - its usage and hidden history (lecture)

The Metric System, its Usage and Hidden History

Whatever happened to the metric system in the US? The answer will intrigue you. Attend a lecture which explains the British origin of the metric system, why it costs 10-15% more for building construction in the US because we are not metric, and how up to 98,000 people per year may perish in our healthcare system because we lack the metric system. The considerable history of attempts to make the US a metric country from George Washington onward will also be detailed.

Randy Bancroft  P.E. is a practicing Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado, published author, and blogs as The Metric Maven at

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  • Dru W.

    This is clearly on my "STW" (Save The World) agenda -- as part of my "If it ain't broke, doesn't mean it isn't sub-optimal" initiatives. Similar to --

    I would love to hear some discussion on how to kick this subject up to a level of public interest such that something happens to move us closer -- step by step -- to it's full adoption. I'm willing to help support that effort -- perhaps with a MeetUp group, website or other PR outreach efforts should we be able to come up with some kind of plan with public appeal that would attract volunteers and resources. I've though of "speed limit signs" as a very visible means of metric familiarization (and you get to go faster (in units) -- but don't yet have an appealing justification for the public cost and expense. Would love to find something that works.

    June 10, 2014

    • Dru W.

      I would absolutely welcome the opportunity to attend / participate in such a discussion on "metrication" and be happy to offer what support for it I can. I should at the same time apologize for my inability to attend this particular meeting and personally meet Randy Bancroft who I would hope to encourage and support in continuance of his efforts in this pursuit and future and future meetings.

      June 29, 2014

    • Helen B.

      There is never any day or time when everyone can come. That is why we need to have more than one meeting.

      July 2, 2014

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