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Metrology: the science of measurement

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19:00 – 21:00 20 Oct 2009
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Eliot Lecture Theatre 2
University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NS

Since the creation of the decimal metric system at the end of the 18th century, successive generations of scientists have sought ever more stable and precise measurement standards.
In parallel, many aspects of modern life have developed that we now take for granted, which are increasingly dependent on precise and accurate metrology – for which it is essential to know the precision and the experimental uncertainty in the measurements that we make. James Clerk Maxwell, in his presidential address to the British Association in 1870, recommended that “our measurement standards should no longer be sought in the properties or dimensions of the Earth, but in the wavelength, the period of vibration, and the absolute mass of the imperishable and unalterable and perfectly similar molecules”. In his talk the speaker will outline the history of the International System of Units, the SI, and show the changes that are currently being considered to bring us ever closer to achieving Maxwell’s ideas.

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: London and South East Branch
Contact details: Dr C. Isenberg (tel 01227 823 768, e-mail: C.Isenberg@kent.ac.uk)

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University of Kent
Canterbury
CT2 7NS
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19:00 – 21:00 20 Oct 2009
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