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How the Meter Became The Meter

Season 4 Episode 22 | 6m 2s | Video has closed captioning.

The meter is the world’s ultimate measure, but how did it become “the” meter? What is this measurement based on? The story of this revolution in measurement traces its roots to the French Revolution. Scientists decided that an equal and united people should have equal and united measures. So they sent a pair of young astronomers out to measure the world, and invent the meter.

Aired: 02/28/17

Rating: NR

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