THE HISTORY OF MEASURMENT

THE HISTORY OF MEASURMENT - The History of Measurement

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The History of Measurement http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Measurement.html Measuring is an important part of everyday life. Whether you are required to use measuring tape at your job or you are “eyeballing” the distance you will have to walk, you are most likely using terms such as feet or inches. In ancient times, people did not have such luxuries and often disputed over measurements. It was not until the Romans developed a new measurement system that other countries adopted and added to. Over time, we were able to take advantage of and apply the new measuring system as it influenced the world. The origins of measurement are found around 3000BC in ancient Egypt. The method they used to measure was called a cubit, which is simply a using the length of ones arm to the tip of the fingers. Due to the realization that the human arm varied in size, the Egyptians revamped the method into the utilization of a standardized granite rod to be used as a benchmark in measurement which was properly named “the Royal Cubit.” About 1500 years later the Babylonians adopted the method which was then contributed to the Greek method of measurement. Of course by this time, it was no longer a granite rod that showed measurement. Through discoveries during excavations there became measurements in the range of inches and feet. Counties in Europe then used variations of measurements. By the 1700s and into the 1800s measurements mottled from region to region until an outcry of one universal measurement system was placed. The rod or now
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