[ RadSafe ] SI units

Doug Huffman doug.huffman at wildblue.net
Sat Mar 26 12:51:46 CDT 2011

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I wonder, and perhaps a recent US Navy nuke can answer, does NNP still
teach in the units of the field's founder?  Does the US Navy still teach
the meter-Curie rule, for instance?  There was a formal justification of
the use of the founders units, like a lot of Admiral Rickover's
persnickety policies, I imagine it's been forgotten.

On 3/26/2011 12:25, Stabin, Michael wrote:
> I will agree with my good friend Sandy while disagreeing. The time was long ago. Ronald Reagan in 1981, tried to get the country to move to SI - one of the few times I saw him back down on priciple, as he came in on a platform of reducing regulatory burden on industry and the industries wailed about the costs of converting. We had liters of gas for a while, but only liquor and soda have stayed in SI while gas went back to gallons and the whole SI thing was abandoned for another generation. All of us are learning new things every day, if we want to stay up with our profession. old timers and new can DO THIS. Do any of you 'old timers' not know what 2 liters of soda looks like? 
> Our intransigence on this issue has baffled me since I entered this profession, in the 1980s. I had a sign on my door in grad school that said "Se habla becquerel". Most of you know how long ago THAT was...haha...and I'm still depressed about the US position on this issue.
> Mike
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> Franz and Mike and others are correct. The time to start the transition is
> now. It's all about educating the incoming physicists. Perhaps it's too
> late for the "old-timers", but attrition takes care of that!
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> Sandy
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