The History of the Metric System: from the French Revolution to the SI

L. F. Labrousse (engraver). and J. P. Delion (publisher) via WikiCommons ( Licence )
Fig. 1: Woodcut from 18th Century France illustrating the use of the new measures
Image Credit: L. F. Labrousse (engraver). and J. P. Delion (publisher) via WikiCommons ( License )

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Gavin Kirby is a final-year PhD student in the School of Physics and Astronomy, who works on data analysis for Higgs physics at the ATLAS detector.

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