Interesting Math History

Question :
How did the Metric System originate ?

Answer :
A committee of Scientists in France, in the early part of the nineteenth centurey, formulated a system of measures, which is a decimal system - the same base as our number system.
Since the metre is the standard unit in this system of linear measure, it came to be known as the Metric System. In this system the measure is disassociated from any tangible object, such as the length of an arm or a foot.
A Meter , the Standard Unit of the Metric System is one-ten millionth of the distance from the equator to the pole along the meridian.
Goals of Metric System were :
  • Neutral and universal
  • Replicable
  • Decimal multiples
  • Prefixes
  • Practicality