The earliest measurements were based on parts of the human body, such as the head, arm, hand, foot or finger. These were accurate enough when people made products by hand, one at a time. But industrialization and the growth of international trade made it necessary to standardize units of measurement. edited from Business Spotlight
Measurement – Maß (einheit)
Accurate – präzise
I had a good laugh recently when I was driving the street I travel into Heidelberg from Neckargemuend. They finished construction on the main street down the hill from my home at the end of 2015. The town, Neckargemuend wanted to put in a bike path. It was dangerous for bike riders because there was no bike path, and traveling behind a bike a great distance was not much fun for drivers.
Oddly enough however, when then put in the bike path they miscalculated the distance between the bike path and a two lane road. You will notice the street has become very narrow for two large cars, and too narrow for a bus and a car to pass without one driving on the bike path or on the sidewalk- definitely not how they wanted the bike path to be used, but the measurements are inaccurate. They have announced they will fix it, but it got me to thinking…
Narrow – eng
Inaccurate – unpräzise
The discovery by the French state-owned railway company SNCF that 2,000 new trains are too wide for many station platforms is embarrassing, but far from the first time a small mis-measurement or miscalculation has had serious problems.
Designed to orbit Mars as the first interplanetary weather satellite, the Mars Orbiter was lost in 1999 because the Nasa team used metric units while a contractor used imperial. The $125m probe came too close to Mars as it tried to manoeuvre into orbit.
Edited from http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27509559
So, what is the message? Sometimes life just doesn't add up, and that's when you've got to go back to figuring things out using your hands, heart and head.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, Communication Coach
"Annabelle I've learned alot from you .....with your friendly art and your diversified lessons... it is never boring!!!" -Doris, BASF
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