Measurement Techniques

, Volume 36, Issue 10, pp 1184–1193 | Cite as

Some problems in basic metrology

  • Brian W. Petley
International Collaboration


The paper discusses some of the problems of modern metrology in the context of the past. These include those relating to physical quantities, uncertainties, the SI units, and the role of the fundamental physical constants.


Physical Chemistry Analytical Chemistry Physical Quantity Physical Constant Fundamental Physical Constant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian W. Petley
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  1. 1.Teddington TW11 OLWNational Physical LaboratoryUK

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