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Gabriel Mouton

Gabriel Mouton, born in 1618 in Lyon, France, and passing away in 1694, was a French priest and scientist renowned for his work in mathematics and astronomy. Serving as a priest at St. Paul Church in Lyon, his passion for scientific research positioned him among the leading scientists of his time. One of the most significant contributions of Mouton's scientific career was laying the foundations for the metric system. These efforts earned him great respect in the scientific community.

In 1670, Mouton proposed a measurement system based on the principles of the metric system in his work "Observationes Diametrorum Solis et Lunae apparentium." Mouton's system used a unit of measure based on the length of the Earth's meridian. This unit, called the "mil," later became the basis for the concept of the "meter." Mouton's proposal aimed to standardize measurements and improve the accuracy of scientific measurements. His suggested system significantly contributed to the development of the metric system, which was later adopted during the French Revolution and is still in use today.

Mouton's contributions to the metric system were not just theoretical but also practical. His work paved the way for the universal acceptance and use of measurement units, which was revolutionary for scientific studies and commerce. Gabriel Mouton is remembered as a pivotal figure in modern science and engineering for his emphasis on scientific accuracy and standards. His vision helped humanity eliminate uncertainties in measurements and achieve more reliable scientific data.

General Informations About Length Metrics

  • Meter: The main metric of the length with worldwide acknowledgement. It has a bunch of submetrics that depends on, such as: Nanometer, Micrometer, Centimeter, Decimeter, Decameter, Hectameter, Kilometer
  • Foot, Inch, Yard: The length metrics that originates from Britain Island and commonly used on british heritage countries. It's commonly used on defining lengths of almost every thing on daily life.
  • Land And Nautical Miles: The length metric that found by Roman Empire, which intend to be equal a thousand step of a Roman Soldier, and it was equal to approximately 1.480 meters. In Eighteenth Century that distinction occured.
  • Link, Chain, Rod, Furlong: Length metrics that mostly used for land measurements in England.
  • Hand: Mostly used on measuring the Length of Horses in England.
  • League, Fathom, Cable Length: Length metrics that used on navigation in England. Cable Length also used in aviation.
  • Barleycorn: It used on measurement of Shoe size in England.
  • Caliber: It has worldwide use for measuring the barrel size of guns.
  • Pica, Punto: They has worldwide use on typhography, it means scriptual length.
  • Sandinavian Mile: The Mile type that mostly used on Scandinavian Countries.
  • Kuei: A traditional chinese length metric.
  • Shaku: A traditional japanese length metric.
  • Architect Arsin: A traditional turkish length metric that used on architecture.
  • Endaze, Kerrab, Parmak, Rub, Bazaar Arsin: Traditional turkish length metrics that used on shopping.
  • Kulac, Berid, Fersah, Merhale: Traditional turkish length metrics that used on navigation.
  • Hat, Nokta: Traditional turkish length metrics that used on typhography.