From: ietf-bounces(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org [ietf-bounces(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org] On
Behalf Of Bob Hinden [bob(_dot_)hinden(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com]
Wasn't the official definition of the meter also tied to Paris?
The original measurement was done on a meridian from Dunkirk to Barcelona,
based on the assumption that the Earth is rotationally symmetric. But like all
good projects, that measurement effort made clear that its fundamental
hypotheses were false (that the Earth is rotationally symmetric and that
careful measurements could be done essentially without error).
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