Ft-Lbs > Newtons?

I had Deja Vu while researching this and re-discovered your website (at least, I believe it is your site):

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Thought I would post the link for those who are interested in this stuff. Gene has an interesting analysis of weight, force, and mass on his site.

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The meter was first defined in

Not very accessable, but easy enough to estimate. How accessible is measuring the wavelength, or counting waves from a particular isotope?

Yes, and there are more natural units like the Atronomical Unit, etc.


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Alan Jones

The meter or the second are defined in that manner to actually make a primary standard accessible to well-equiped metrology labs everywhere. This way you don't have to make secondary standards that need to be periodically transported and compared to the primary standard. That was the way it was done before - with the Pt-Ir primary standard kilogram and meter bar kept in France, for example.

The astronomical unit seems pretty arbitrary to me. Gee, what's the chance that the Earth would orbit Sol at exactly 1.00000 A.U.? And since the Earth's orbit is actually an ellipse, we could even argue about the definition of an A.U. It's mostly the dimensionless numbers or ratios (like pi) that have deep significance for the way the universe works.

Brad Hitch

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