Measurements are something we
can't live without. They have come
from many sources. There are
descriptions of the Greek Parthenon
from Plutarch as well as references to
the Babylonia, Egyptian, Phileterian
of the Ptolemaic age, the Olympic
Systems of Greece, Roman and British.
The earliest uniform system of
weights and measurements were created
in the 4th and 3rd millenia B.C. in
Egypt, Mesopotamia and Indus Valley.
These were used to measure length.
Around 3000-1500 B. C., the inhabitants
of Indus Valley developed a
standarization of weights and measures.
The common cubit was the length of
the forearm from the elbow to the tip
of the middle finger. It was divided
into the span of the land (one half
cubit), the palm or width of the hand
(one sixth) and the digit or width of
the middle finger (one twenty-fourth)
and the span or length between the tip
of the little finger to the tip of the
The Bible speaks of measurements
as well. The measures of hin, bath,
omer are mentioned. In addition, there
are descriptions of the dimensions for
Noah's ark and Solomon's temple.
Measurements have changed over
time. One such example occurred when
Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) decided
to change the measure of a mile by
invoking a statute. This changed one
mile to 5,280 feet or eight furlongs.
No matter how much measurements change,
we will always need them because we
use them daily.
Dennis Prager said, " Our
scientific age demands that we provide
definitions, measurements, and
statistics in order to be taken
seriously. Yet most of the important
things in life cannot be precisely
defined or measured. Can we define or
measure love, beauty, friendship, or
decency, for example? Measurements
may be necessary but aren't we glad
there are places in our lives that
can't be measured."
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