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In the following pages it has been the aim to present in simple and non-technical language, so far as possible, a comprehensive view of the evolution of weights and measures. Realizing that in the history of mankind there have been many hundreds of systems of weights and measures, no attempt is made to discuss all of these. Since in every measurement system there are dozens of different units, the discussion in this paper is limited to the most common units of linear, capacity, and weight measurement. It has been the intention to consider briefly and systematically the general history of weights and measures, the scientific methods by which units and standards have been determined, and present aspect of modern systems of weights and measures, together with the difficulties and advantages in them.
Swango, Lynn, "A Brief History of Weights and Measures" (1957). Plan B Papers. 56.
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