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  1. ZZMike

    That’s a fascinating connection. It reminds me of the article going around some years ago about the current rail spacing being a carryover from Roman chariots.

    And basing a unit of volume on weight harks back to Archimedes.

    MIKE IT GOES BACK A LOT FATHER THAN THAT, THE SUMERIAN “BOWL” WAS ESSENTIALY A LITER USING THEIR 994 MM STANDARD LENGTH THIS WAS 3000 YEARS BEFORE ARCHIMEDES–ROLAND

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  2. ZZMike

    It looks like the Akkadians were the first to come up with the idea of a standard. I found this:

    “2150 BC: Akkadian Measures
    Making a standard for measurement
    The Akkadian Empire adopts a single unified standard for measuring volume, based on the royal gur-cube.”

    The gur-cube was 300 bowls.

    Along the way, I found Livio Stecchini (who lived during the Hitler and Mussolini years) and his “A History of Measures”

    http://www.metrum.org/measures/index.htm

    I’ve just now found that; it looks worth looking into.

    This is the first thing that really stands out (from “The Origin of Metrics”)::

    “The study of weights indicates that the units have not changed by a grain in millennia. “

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    • Roland A. Boucher

      Mike
      The mesopotamians/sumerians were the first to create a standard based on the sone second pedulum. You can find this in my power point presentation and in my paper once it is accpted for publication. The one second pendulum gave them a 994 mm standard length which is the same length suggested for the meter in the 18 century. The bowl was their liter with a volume of 9.94 cm cubed , Their standard weight was one bowl of water (KG). Their standard length was the cubit of 1/2 the pendulum length or 497 mm. their standard of distance was 360 pendulum lengths of 1000 sumerian feet which was a little over 1/6 nautical mile (one minute of arc on the polar circumference of the Earth

      In esence this was a 5000 year old metric system
      Roland

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