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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Book by Philip Bladon

A distant cousin of mine, Philip Bladon has produced a book explaining metric units very handy for everyone!



"A delight for trivia buffs and Scrabble® enthusiasts"

"Symbologists & symbolists can ponder over the character sizes"

"International Units and their symbols - an international language"
"Educational - and not just needed in the USA"
"A new handy book that's becoming a standard reference work on SI (metric) units, it explains things clearly in an interesting and non-technical way"

Featured in The International Educator (February 2006)
SI Metric-Matters details below

A Dictionary Of International Units Metric-Matters: Names and Symbols, by Philip Bladon.
Published: iUniverse. www.iuniverse.com
ISBN: 13: 978-0-595 37115-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 13: 978-0-595 81515-9 (ebook)

Available from: Internet bookstores for example: www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com , also www.tesco.com/books. And can be ordered through bookshops.
Large discounts for big orders, contact the publisher: book.orders@iuniverse.com


"It's not just a reference book for High School science students; Primary, and Junior School teachers around the world are also are using it. A section of this small handy book provides a simple guide to writing metric names and symbols correctly."
"It's a fascinating and unusual book" PLUS 'A delight for trivia and Scrabble buffs'.

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SI Metric-Matters

Around the world you have probably seen road signs with the symbol ‘Km’. Perhaps you’ve also seen packets of rice or sacks of potatoes or a market stall with a metric weight label ‘Kg’. Both of these symbols are inkorrect because the capital letter k is used. In Britain you might see ‘Kgs’ on the side of vehicles belonging to a national security company; ‘Kgs’ is also an inkorrect symbol. The symbol ’kg’ does not have a plural form. In fact a leading American Dictionary (Merriam-Webster) accepts the word ‘inkorrect’ exists!

One person who likes to promote correct metric symbols is Philip Bladon. He has worked overseas as a science teacher and school administrator for many years. Philip is keen to ensure that students and colleagues write ’km’ and ‘kg’ (not ‘Km’ and ‘Kg’). He also points out that the correct symbol for ‘kelvin’ (the unit for thermodynamic temperature) is ‘K’ (not °K), the wrong symbol appears in some science textbooks.

SI Metric-Matters is promoting the use of International units with the correct names and symbols. Philip Bladon, from Worcestershire, in the United Kingdom, has compiled A Dictionary Of International Units. His book is filled with official SI units, ‘Le Système International d’ Unités’, designated SI in all languages.

This book not only provides an excellent reference source for science students throughout their careers; it’s also a fascinating book for trivia buffs and a delight for enthusiasts of the board game Scrabble®. When you buy a copy you will soon enrich your vocabulary and discover unusual prefixes. In addition to familiar prefixes like ‘kilo’ and ‘milli’ there are eighteen more that can be used for multiples and submultiples of SI units.

With this dictionary, teachers can help promote the correct metric names and symbols and give guidance on how to write numerical values correctly. And it’s not just in High schools and Secondary schools where this book is being used; Primary, and Junior school teachers around the world are finding it useful.

For non-scientists it is full of interesting information, introducing them to a broader spectrum of words and concepts. Words like yoctobecquerel or zettasteradian provide a key into a new world of probing and discovery. A browse through this paperback or the ebook version can be extremely illuminating (unit: yottalux).

Symbologists and symbolists can ponder over character sizes, for example: ‘Zs’, ‘zs’, ‘ZS’, ’zS’, and hundreds more!

Historians will discover the six nationalities of the 19 scientists whose surnames have been used for SI (metric) units. The first letter of these unit names is not capitalized. In schools these scientists can be presented on a timeline; this might be done as part of a student exercise during a country’s national science week; an ideal way to help promote cross-curricular activities linking History, Mathematics, Languages, and Presentation skills.

Compared to the large, technical and expensive ISO, (International Standards Organisation), documents on SI units available from Geneva, Philip Bladon’s Dictionary Of International Units is excellent value and it’s fun.

A Dictionary Of International Units Metric-Matters: Names and Symbols, by Philip Bladon.
Published: iUniverse. www.iuniverse.com
ISBN: 13: 978-0-595 37115-0 (paperback)
ISBN: 13: 978-0-595 81515-9 (ebook)

Available from: Internet bookstores for example: www.barnesandnoble.com, www.amazon.com , also www.tesco.com/books. And can be ordered through bookshops.
Large discounts for big orders, contact the publisher: book.orders@iuniverse.com

The author, Philip Bladon is a Fellow of the Institute of Science Technology, a life member of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, a member of the International Council of Associations for Science Education, and a member of Australian Mensa. He is also a member of the Metric Associations in the USA and the UK.
He has worked in Zambia, and in several different regions of Papua New Guinea.
The author’s other interests include outdoor tropical gardening and the work of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement.

This article is based on a review of the book that first appeared in ‘The International Educator’ (February 2006)

"Fascinating and unusual, it's more than just a handy science reference book".


If possible, please print out this information for others and display on a school and / or community noticeboard.
It can also be circulated, distibuted and put on your website.