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On translations and the metric system

Translation and Metric Conversion

I am reading (yet another) Swedish detective novel translated into English at the moment, and I find that I'm thrown by some of the translation.


As you might guess, it's to do with the translation of the units of measurement from metric (I assume, but I'll get back to that) to imperial. First thing is, I have taken to the metric system like a duck to water, and faced with an imperial measurement like 3 feet, I will automatically convert it back to metric. And, efficient person that I sometimes am, I regret the time that the translator spent that I just had to undo.

ISO issues new SI units guide


ISO Guide
New SI derived unit

ISO has just published a new version of the SI Guide, a small manual for the use of the SI, the International System of Units (Système International d’Unités). ISO SI Units Guide
The SI is a comprehensive metric and decimal system based on units and derived units. The seven base units are: length, mass, time, electric current, thermodynamic temperature, amount of substance, and luminous intensity.

This new edition of the SI Guide includes for the first time:
one new SI derived unit: the katal, symbol kat (1 kat = 1 mol/s) for the quantity of catalytic activity – essentially used in clinical chemistry, it can also be used in other fields of chemistry

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