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#1 tonygreenbank


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Posted 16 November 2002 - 09:02 PM

I am urgently trying to find out why the French Government during the revolution adopted the metre as their radical unit of measurement.I hope that an expert on 18th and 19th European History could enlighten me.I need it for a forthcoming lesson.

#2 Russel Tarr

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Posted 17 November 2002 - 11:16 AM

1790: France's Louis XVI authorized scientific investigations aimed at a reform of French weights and measures. These investigations led to the development of the first "metric" system.

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#3 Carole Faithorn

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Posted 17 November 2002 - 11:18 AM

I typed your question into Ask Jeeves and got this page on the History of Measurement which has the answer to your question.

If the link here doesn't work I suggest you do what I did.

PS. The link is the word 'this' and it seems to work OK

#4 jo norton

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Posted 19 November 2002 - 12:36 PM

There was a large article in the TES Teacher magazine on the history of metric measurement two weeks ago, that may be of some help.

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