The "DPS should have dug a blast crater" Meme Feb 22, 2012 19:25:11 GMT -4
Post by JayUtah on Feb 22, 2012 19:25:11 GMT -4
Indeed, how many non-scientist Europeans know what a newton is or how to use it?
When dealing with Apollo related stuff I'm often back to using EES because that's what we see in the NASA documents.
...who were technically required to use SI but habitually received a waiver on the grounds that the contractors' knowledge base and designs were in EES. Clavius uses both: EES in main text, SI in parentheses. But this is sporadic because I grow bored doing comprehensive checks of the site for such consistencies.
For instance, I can't visualize the stature of a man 180 cm tall and 85 kg, but I can someone 5'-11" and 187 lbs.
Indeed, the larger question for non-scientist users is familiarity in the face of arbitrary definitions. At a certain point a temperature is just an arbitrary setting on the oven knob, and it largely doesn't matter to me what the actual number is as long as the recipe and the knob agree. But when cooking from the hip I can guess better in Fahrenheit, but only because I've been using those units all along. I would expect my counterpart in Italy to be more familiar with Celsius oven settings and what you cook at what temperature.