Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet

by John Bemelmans Marciano


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608199402
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,259,611
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Marciano is the author and illustrator of many books, including the distinctive reference titles Anonyponymous and Toponymity, as well as the children's books Madeline at the White House (a New York Times bestseller), Madeline and the Cats of Rome, and Harold's Tail. A word and math aficionado, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, and two cats.

Table of Contents

1/16 The Day the Metric Died 1

2/16 Thomas Jefferson Plans 9

3/16 American Paris 23

4/16 Metric Systems 40

5/16 The Decimation of Everything 59

6/16 Napoleonic Measures 76

7/16 Lighthouses of the Sky 98

8/16 The Internationalists 114

9/16 A Universal Coin 134

10/16 The Battle of the Standards 155

11/16 Standard Time 170

12/16 A Toolkit for the World 191

13/16 The Great Calendar Debate 209

14/16 Shocks to the System 227

15/16 A Metric America 242

16/16 Isolated 255

Appendix A U.S. Customary and Metric Measures 269

Appendix B Customary Metric Measures 272

Acknowledgments 274

Notes on Sources 275

Bibliography 285

Image Credits 301

Index 303

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