1966-02-01

Is United States Evolution to the Metric System Desirable? 660304

There is a trend toward the adoption of the metric system in the United States which can be accelerated or retarded as advantages and disadvantages are identified, publicized, and acted upon. Studious evaluation of the pros and cons is needed, particularly net cost of conversion, compensated for the cost recoveries and annualized so as to take the time element into account. Improved communication between engineers and scientists in the United States and between United States technical people and those of other countries would be enhanced by adoption of the metric system in the United States. Strong feelings on both sides of the question point to the desirability of supporting fact finding such as the proposed study pending in Congress.

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