Metric System Demonstration Apparatus -- Resources


A set of seven copper-soldered wooden volumetric measures from largest to smallest, 1 dekaliter (a dekaliter is 10 liters), 1/2 dekaliter (5 liters), 2 liters, 1 liter, 5 deciliters (a deciliter is 1/10 of a liter or 100 cubic centimeters), 2 deciliters, and 1 deciliter.


Arthur H. Frazier, United States Standards of Weights and Measures: Their Creation and Creators, Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978.

John L. Heilbron, "The Measure of Enlightenment," in T. Fraengsmyr, J. L. Heilborn and R. E. Rider, eds., The Quantifying Spirit in the Eighteenth Century, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.

Charles C. Gillispie, Science and Polity in France: The Revolutionary and Napoleonic Years, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004, pp. 223-285, 458-494.

P.A. Kidwell, "The Metric System Enters the American Classroom, 1790-1890," in From Calculus to Computers: Using the Last 200 Years of Mathematics History in the Classroom, Amy Shell-Gellasch and Dick Jardine, eds., Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, 2005, pp. 229-236.

Witold Kula, Measures and Men, trans. R. Szreter, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1986.

James F. Schooley, Responding to National Needs: The National Bureau of Standards Becomes the National Institute of Standards and Technology 1969-1993, Washington: National Institute of Standards and Technology, 2000, esp. pp. 206-220

C. F. Treat, A History of the Metric Controversy in the United States, Washington, D.C.: National Bureau of Standards, 1971.