#### Cheshirechappie

##### Established Member

Seems that metric is 'scientific', and imperial is 'human'.

It's a bit easier doing engineering calculations in metric units (speaking from long and sometimes bitter experience), so they have their place. But so do imperial units, including time. When the day can be divided as so many fractions of the time between one sunrise and the next, it's easier to get a handle on than multiples of the numbers of oscillations of a certain atom in a vaccuum, and distances being measured in the length of your foot, or multiples or divisions thereof, is likewise more readily comprehendable than the fractions of the distance between the Earth's pole and it's equator.

Thus, they both have their place. Personally, if I'm ever again called upon to undertake the calculations necessary to prove that a chemical plant piping system will survive an earthquake of a given magnitude, I'd prefer to do said calcs in metric and base 10. But I'd still prefer to work wood in feet, inches and tads, and finish the day somewhere around sunset, perhaps with with a contemplative pint.