At 4/22/2011 6:27:12 PM, CosmicAlfonzo wrote:
I'd imagine that this would be about as effective in America as the switch to the metric system.
SI isn't even that great. The base ten system is appreciated, but the meter and second units have no basis in an objective world and are therefore no better than the foot.
A better system would start with the mole, making it 1 x 10^24, and making a mole of neutrons equal to a gram by changing the definition of gram. Defining time should also follow the neutron, making a second equal to one thousandth the mean life of a free neutron before beta decay. For length, the speed of light in a vacuum, a universal constant, should govern the unit; in one second, a photon should travel 1 x 10^9 meters. A Coulomb could be the charge of a mole of electrons. The litre should remain equal to the cubic decimeter, and all other dependent units should follow their old derivations.
This system would certainly be more objective and probably would be more convenient in science, but it would require everyday units to change. In America, the common people did not adopt the scientific units and to this day keep the units to which they are accustomed. The cost of change is probably greater than the inconvenience you save the people for perhaps the remainder of mankind.
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