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  •  Words from JFK (2+ / 0-)
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    Metric Only, Ojibwa

    The work of keeping our Republic great is that of all citizens: "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." In the 1990s, I decided one of the things I could do for my country was to transition to the International System of Units (SI). I did so because I wanted to be a better scientist (have commonsense reference points for the quantities I was dealing with in literature and in experimental design) and market the USA to our potential customers around the world. Also, my experience with its use on family vacations to Canada convinced me of its user-friendliness.

    By 1999 I was using SI exclusively in all of my activities and have used it all of my adult life. I'd encourage folks to try SI out in their daily lives. I'm more than happy to help in providing simple, everyday references for SI units.

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