Geoffrey Durham

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Articles by Geoffrey Durham

How the World Came to Use the Metric System, Part II

The metric system didn’t become international because it was more rational than other systems; it became international because some Russian academicians and their colleagues from Europe and the Americas made it so.

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How the World Came to Use the Metric System, Part I

It took a 1918 Soviet decree to fully implement the metric system in Russia. But it was tsarist-era academician Boris Jacobi who had brought delegates from all over Europe and the Americas to Paris in the 1870s to implement the metric system on a global scale.

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