Measurement Systems and World Communications 660084

The development of the inch-pound and the metric measuring systems is briefly outlined and the present status of each is discussed. Each of them is a complete and fully defined system suitable for sophisticated use. The metric system is the simpler of the two and is more coherent.
The existence of two measuring systems is a serious handicap to essential world communications. More serious is the resulting difference in standard sizes, which provides an effective barrier to free exchange of goods and design. The problem is complex and demands a thorough, competent, open-minded study to guide a concerted effort of U.S. industry toward the best solution.


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