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### Measurement: A Passage to the Future

1. 1. Measurement: A Passage to The Future. Ianstein da vincinewton ™
2. 2. Contents:Page 3- IntroductionPage 4-5- Measurement as a ToolPage 6-7- Systems of MeasurementPage 8-9- Tools of MeasurementPage 10- Symbols of MeasurementPage 11- M&M: Measurement and MaterialPage 12-13- There is Always An ExceptionPage 14-15 Connection to LifePage 16- The Beneﬁts of Measurement.Page 17- The Challenges with MeasurementPage 18- PicturesPage 19- CreditsPage 20- Personal Notes
3. 3. A Very Short IntroductionHave you ever thought of what canʼt be measured?Actually, there is no standard answer to that, it depends ofwhat you deﬁne what can be measured. If you deﬁnemeasurement as an actual tool that depends on what thesociety is capable to do now, you canʼt actually measureantimatter. As no matter can get close to it. But if you deﬁnemeasurement as inﬁnite capability of tools, you couldmeasure antimatter, as maybe someday something can getclose to it. These are just a few examples of measurement.Maybe someday Measurement could help invent somethingreally useful, actually measurement already helpedinvented something useful, because nothing useful couldbe invented without measurement, think about it, how canmeasurement help you achieve something useful in thefuture, look further into your future, and you would ﬁnd outthat measurement, this term, is vital for life. Therefore,measurement should be considered as a subject, not auseless term for mathematics. If you ask me, I would saythat one sixth of mathematics is measurement. Here, Iconclude that measurement is something that we useeveryday, which is vital for society and environment.
4. 4. Measurement as a toolFirst of all, you have to ask yourself, what ismeasurement, how can you deﬁne it? Letʼs talk aboutit as a tool ﬁrst. How can measurement be a tool? As Isaid before, measurement is vital for life, so is it a toolthat assists life and society? Well you could put it thatway, but there is another problem, there are tools tosupport measurement, so there is a tool in a tool?Does that make sense? If you consider it carefully, itdoes. Measurement is a great tool for people, society,environment, and even animals. If there was no suchthing as measurement, would we exist? The answer isno, if measurement didnʼt exist, we would have notbuilt buildings properly, they would fall, then that willwipe out some people, but it could be even moredeadly, if measurement didnʼt exist, we wouldnʼt knowhow many pills we would have to take when were sick,so we would die. Measurement is a great tool for us, infact, it is so great that we often forget that it is veryimportant, for example, when the teacher tells theclass “boys and girls, we are going to start anassessment on measurement.” The whole class willstart to get bored, but why? Measurement itself is notvery boring, but how does that affect psychology of thestudents? Is measurement something that is toocommon to be aware of? In fact, I think thatmeasurement is way too common, schools shouldshare the newest technology with the students, sothey would have some interest in the measurement,which would help the society and the environmentlater on, as the schools could develop great leaders
5. 5. with the urge. Measurement could be a great tool toassist life. It is a great habit to think about measurementusually, reﬂecting on your connections to measurement,it would be great, considering that measurement wouldhelp invention develop in the future, you might just wakeup one day and invent a thing out of nowhere. Whoknows? Life is unpredictable.
6. 6. Systems of measurementEverything needs a system, think about it. Most peoplethink that system is easy to deﬁne. But in fact, it is veryhard to deﬁne, in the dictionary, it says “a set ofconnected things or parts forming a complex whole, inparticular” but a system is something that is hard todeﬁne, because it is partly subjective and objective, ittotally depends on what you deﬁne system is. Thinkingabout systems, most people think that it is enough toknow the systems in measurement but they are wrong,very very wrong. You have to consider why the systemsexist, why they are here, how did they come? Then youhave to think about measurement itself, if no systems ofmeasurement exists, how does measurement stillsurvive? These questions are all very subjective, itdepends on the person whom you are asking. So letʼsanswer the ﬁrst question, why are they here? It is justlike measurement, measurement is a tool that assistssociety and environment, and the systems ofmeasurement is a series of tools that assistsmeasurement. How many systems are there? Althoughthere are common systems such as the imperial system,metric system, US systems, SI units, energy systemsand much more, how many systems are there? Peopleare starting to get confused with that, according to thedeﬁnition, there are inﬁnite systems, for example youcould just walk up to the street and invent a new system.
7. 7. There is nothing in the deﬁnition that says it has to beinternationally recognized. So therefore, according tothe limits of the dictionary, there is inﬁnite systems in theworld, because nobody knows who would invent thereown system. And on the other hand, a lot of newsystems are going to start to be recognized, while somesystems are starting to get abandoned. For example,would you see a street sign with a ancient Babyloniansystem? You wonʼt! these are just some examples of thediscarded system. The world is changing every singlesecond, and so is the deﬁnition of measurement. Maybeten years later, the imperial system would not exist, whoknows?
8. 8. Tools of measurementTalking about the tools of measurement,everything needs a tool to assist it. Thinkabout it, life is a great example, if there are notools in this world, would life exist? No. Life ispractically a complex game with people in it.there would be no life if there is no tools.There is the same theory in measurement.Tools work just like systems, in the set of toolsin measurement, the set is {x: x = n} thatmeans the set of x is inﬁnite, how I said thereis a inﬁnite set of tools is just like the conceptof systems, anyone could walk up the streetand invent a tool right? According to theoxford english dictionary, it didnʼt say it has tobe internationally recognized like the ruler,clock, lights, compass, etc. So I suppose Icould just invent another tool like the eye, itʼsnot against the law, is it? But the big pointhere is that measurement itself is a tool, sothere is a tool in a tool in a tool. Verycomplicated. But studying the tools ofmeasurement isnʼt the big point, for example Iknow 124 tools of measurement. So what?there is no point of just knowing the tools. Thebig point is that to understand measurement.
9. 9. To know the tools and systems are second inpriority, the big point is to understand howmeasurement affects and how the tools assistthem.
10. 10. Symbols of measurementWhat is the purpose of having symbols?Why do we need them? Symbols arepractically a set of guides that make youlife easier. But it is still complicated, forexample, lb. which is pounds, can be a unitand a symbol. What I am saying is thatsymbols are hard to deﬁne, symbols ofmeasurements are even harder. Can “=”be a sign of measurement, I suppose so.because when you need to convert units,you use “=” a lot. But it is the same as toolsand systems, symbols can be inﬁnite, thedictionary didnʼt limit the amount ofsymbols, or it did not say that there couldnot be symbols not recognized. So thepoint here is that there could be a set ofinﬁnite symbols. But as I said before,symbols and tools and systems are not asimportant as the thinking of the children.
11. 11. M&M: Measurement and MaterialHow does material relate with measurement? Itis very confusing, I think that measurement andmaterial canʼt be effective without each other,why? Because measuring tools are made out ofmaterials, and materials would be out of shapeand wrong without measurement. But the mostimportant part of it all is that we would not existwithout material, because our food is material,our space is material, and even us, we arematerial. But this is very subjective, it is not aone word answer. We have to think carefullyabout the deﬁnition of material andmeasurement. Again, going for the deﬁnition isnot very effective and accurate. Because thedeﬁnition changes as time passes by, but this isjust a matter of time. I am certain that thedeﬁnition of measurement will change. Cananything affect the deﬁnition of measurement tochange faster? As far as I am concerned, no.But who knows? Life would be boring withoutsurprises.
12. 12. There is always an exceptionHave you ever say the taiche sign? In the blackpart, there is a white dot, and in the white partthere is a black dot, what does that mean? Itmeans that under any conditions, there isalways an exception. As in the black, theexception is white, and in the white, theexception is black. So is measurement, youcould measure objective things, but notsubjective things, what this means is that forexample, you canʼt measure how much you likeeating chocolate. How could you do that, forexample if you say that you like chocolate 5/7,and another person says 200%, you donʼt reallyknow what the other person means by 200%,do you? So measurement is not really thateffective in calculating subjective equations. Sois there an exception to that? Maybe, perhaps itis if the denominator of a perspective is thesame, so for example person a, says that helikes chocolate for 12% and person b says thathe likes chocolate for 24% then you certainlyknow that person b likes chocolate more thanperson a, because the denominator is thesame: 100. So this is concluded, everything hasan exception in it, it is just a matter of howmuch there is. You can not just calculate theerror by ±0.001 or something like that, it is amatter of the psychology of humans, how do we
13. 13. think. This is partially a matter of philosophy,psychology, and behavior of humans.
14. 14. Connection to lifeDoes anyone just teach you for nothing? No, infact, the same theory is used in math andmeasurement. Why do you learn? It isbecause this learning would help you in thefuture. Measurement has a lot of connectionsto life. As I said before, could life even existwithout measurement? I think probably not.But if you donʼt want to be a mathematician ora physicist why bother learn measurement?Did you ever ask this question? The answer tothat is that kids are too young to understandlife. They do not know what they want to be,they might want to be a military pilot andchange two years later. Life isnʼt straightforward, there are bends on the road of life,you canʼt be too determined in one thing, theworld changes. Change. Maybe one decadeafter, there would be a hundred jobs that didnʼtexist yet now, teachers are building up kidʼsfoundation, so they would be successful nomatter what they become in the future. But theproblem here is that the teachers donʼt tell uswhat they are thinking deeply. So childrenwonʼt understand the meaning of learning.Children learn and remember faster thanadults, so if they donʼt take their chance,
15. 15. Theyʼll miss it. Children nowadays are improving, butthey still need to know the meaning behind learning.Once in a while, I hear some kids say to me “Ian, wedonʼt have to learn to enter university, cause evenalbert einstein failed his university exam!” But as I saidbefore, there is an exception in everything, and alberteinstein is an exception, most people donʼt besuccessful after they failed there entrance exam. He isan exception.
16. 16. The Beneﬁts of measurementIs there anything that you can beneﬁt frommeasurement? Yes both the society andenvironment beneﬁt. The way the society beneﬁtsis that without measurement, skyscraper wouldcollapse, because there is no measurement forthe structure of the substance the skyscraper ismade out of. So the world would collapse. For theenvironment, the scientist wonʼt have things tomeasure the carbon-dioxide in the air and peoplewould not realize their harm to the environment.Therefore, the trees and animals will die ofexcessive carbon-dioxide. But however, weshould not think about that, because they are just“if”s. The actual problem is that humans donʼtrealize how lucky they are with measurement,they take it for granted. The world should reﬂecttheir selfs on it. If we donʼt use it properly, it isgoing to go one day. Just like life, if you donʼt useit properly, youʼll die.
17. 17. The Challenges of MeasurementIf we say measurement is really that good, does itprovide challenges to society? If you thinkcarefully, yes. Because when measurementswere ﬁrst discovered, it humans were really eagerto measure precisely, but until now, people arenot able to measure with one hundred percentprecision, and never will be able to do that, soscientist who are working on that are actuallywasting their own lives. So therefore, manypeople are now eager to measure with deadlyaccuracy, so here and now, the population of theworld is actually decreasing if you think about itcarefully. Because people wasting their livesequals that they do not exist, though their bodywill certainly consume space on earth, their soulsare lost.
18. 18. Pictures