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Old 12-15-2008, 06:27 AM   #3
Michael Rowley
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Clearly earlier than Germany
That is to be expected, since German unification didn't take place until 1870. The map you showed us (through the URL) is misleading though, because it mixes up the metric system, based on cgs, with the SI system, which is relatively young, though the cgs system and the MKSA systems were used in parallel some years before SI.

Incidentally, USA isn't as black as it is painted, since the US customary units have been tied in to the metric system since about the middle of the nineteenth century.

Our maths master in the sixth form (an Irishman from Cork) used to refer to cgs units as 'the French units'—in 1948.

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