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What's exactly the point of keeping the Imperial system? US scientists and engineers have to use the metric system all the time; can you measure the wavelength of light in feet? Or the mass of a cell in pounds?The founder of NASA, Werner von Braun, loathed the Imperial system; he only used metric measurements and since 1991, NASA has moved to using the metric system.
The Imperial system is really just a tumor on the metric system; type "pound", or "foot", or "yard" in Google. Your answer will be defined in terms of the METRIC units.It's just insane that the US is so backwards, but it wouldn't be the first time by any means.
So why shouldn't the US use standard?
So why should the US use standard?
There's an infinite number of reasons. As mentioned before, US scientists, engineers and college teachers already have; the metric system is less clumsy and less confusing. Thinking of the economy, some countries refuse US imports because they're not to metric specifications; we stood stagnant when the world advanced. In a progressive economy like ours we can't just apply dogmatic traditions; it does not work.
Then you have a lot of people saying that the Imperial System is American heritage; that's not the case at all, it's all left over from the British Empire. Didn't we knock those guys out of our country a few hundred years ago?The imperial system is really only good for traditional trades, like carpentry, plumbing, and the like; for everything else, it is obsolete. Why have a horse and carriage when you can have a car? It makes no sense.
Apparently there's a lot of history behind the US Standard, Imperial and Metric system. However, The reduction gears that are made in Germany, sitting on a boat made in Louisiana with parts and machinery that come from all over the world being worked on by a Mexican, Cuban, afgani, native and a token white guy... Really give a sh*t that we use metric, standard or imperial. 11mm or 7/16. Whatever fits and gets the job done. Go ahead and standardize everything else while you're at it.
Well, the US won't do it anytime soon, but standardizing is a good thing. There's no confusion and it makes manufacturing and design processes a lot easier and a lot more efficient when you're communicating using the same units of measurements as opposed to doing tedious calculations to convert one unit to the other.In fact, one of NASA's probes crashed back in 1999 due to a mess up in converting from the Imperial System to the Metric.
As is shown here: link One of the engineers decided to use the Imperial System for the engine while the rest of his team used the more conventional Metric System. It's a mishap that could've easily been avoided.
They tried to do that a bunch of years ago, everyone hated it, so they put it back to normal.
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