The Measurement of Fundamental Constants (Metrology) and Its Effect on Scientific and Technical Progress

  • A. Kastler
  • P. Grivet


It is perhaps appropriate that in this year 1975, which marks the centenary of the Système Métrique and that of the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures, scientific activity in the field of Metrology appears to be flourishing. This is witnessed on the one hand by the number, range and quality of the contributions to this Symposium and, on the other, by the importance which most of the 44 Governments affiliated to the BIPM attach both to their Basic Laboratories and to the network of technical centers engaged in developing measuring methods and in disseminating their results to all levels of the various branches of industry. Should this state of affairs be considered a happy but ephemeral stage in the march of science, or does it represent a tendency of fundamental importance in the evolution of science and technology ? Enough is now known about the history of civilization for us to affirm that, even since the Renaissance, Metrology has payed an ever greater part in both scientific and civic activities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Kastler
    • 1
  • P. Grivet
    • 1
  1. 1.Académie des SciencesParisFrance

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