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The Story of our Weights and Measures Edward Nicholson

The Story of our Weights and Measures

Edward Nicholson

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PRE-ISBN.An extremely useful pocket book for anyoneChapters:1. Measures of LengthThe Cubit and the FootFiliation of Weights and Measures, all derivedfrom the Cubit or the FootThe Yard- its divisionsMultiples of the Yard- the Furlong and theMorePRE-ISBN.An extremely useful pocket book for anyoneChapters:1. Measures of LengthThe Cubit and the FootFiliation of Weights and Measures, all derivedfrom the Cubit or the FootThe Yard- its divisionsMultiples of the Yard- the Furlong and the MileGeographical measuresThe Ells2. Measures of SurfaceThe square Furlong or Ten-acre (figure)The story of English land-measuresMeasures of length and surfacePassage of the Acre from concrete to abstractmeasureSurveyors measureBritish miles and acres derived from local Rods3. Measures of Solidity or VolumeThe cubic foot of water, the weight of the Englishtalent, is the source of all our weights andmeasures.4. Measures of CapacityThe double series of measures, liquid and dry,derived from the English talent.The pound-pint systemThe wine-gallon and the corn gallonThe increase of the wine-gallon under the Tudorkings.The unification of the wine and corn gallons in1824.Corn measures- an octonary series with binarysub-units.Story of the Quarter and of the Chaldron.Story of the old cask measures.The old wine-gallon retained in the United StatesThe smaller liquid-measures5. Weights (Measures of Mass)Story of the English pound- it is the Egyptian-Roman libra raised from 12 to 16 ounces.British Imperial weightCommon Division of the poundScientific and medical divisions of the poundThe Heavier Imperial weightsThe Hundredweight and its divisions- story of thecentalTroy weight- its pound obsolete6. Money (Measures of Value)Of two currency-metals only one can be thestandard of valueStory of the Pound sterling- the pound weight ofpennies or sterlings. Fictions of the wheat-corn basis of weight.The lightening of the silver standard in thecourse of centuries- the pound Scots and theFrench pound.The present standards of weight and fineness ofcoins.7. Measures of TimeThe story of the Months and the Week8. Measures of HeatThe story of ther Thermometer9. The Story of the Metric SystemThe mixed systems of French ancien regime withoutunityThe principles of the Metric system- its workingin France10. Defence of the Imperial SystemThe Commission on Weights and Measures 1816Failure to decimalise the coinagePrinciples of the Imperial system- unity of theseries of Weights and Measures.11. Improvements Suggested in our SystemIts defective points are the Hundredweight and theStoneThe United States and Canada retain the originalHundredweight or CentalAdvantages of the cental and of the original stoneA Quintal of 110lb, with its decimal divisionsshould be allowed for foreign tradeNotes to Geographical MeasuresAppendix:Tables of Weights and Measures, with concordanceConversion tables of Imperial and Metric measuresFormulae and Tables for calculation