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Moving With Metric (draft title--metric system cube)


P A. Wolf


This information cube promotes the International System of Units (SI), or the metric system.The SI is the dominant system of measurement units worldwide. Developed by the French in the late 18th century, the system has been refined by international agreement into the current SI format. Thomas Jefferson was the first proponent of the metric system in the United States. Section 5164 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-418) amended the 1975 Metric Conversion Act to require that Federal agencies use SI in their procurement, grants, and other business related activities.SI forms a logical, interconnected framework for the measurements needed in science, industry, and commerce. The system is built on seven base units. Multiples of 10 allow the system to show large or small quantities with ease. For more information and resources about the metric system, contact:
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1003
Report Number


International System of Units, metric, metric system, NIST, SI


Wolf, P. (1970), Moving With Metric (draft title--metric system cube), Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed July 13, 2024)


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Created March 10, 2017, Updated October 8, 2021