Metrology

Metrology

In last month’s column, we considered how standards of physical measurement can help to keep people honest in modern society. We also suggested that new measurement technologies can lead to new ways of healing, enhancing and protecting human lives, such as medical treatments and the global positioning system. Many recent advances have become possible only because scientists have continued to improve the precision of their measuring tools.

Meaning to Measure

Meaning to Measure

Honest measurement is also a foundation of the modern rule of law. We can’t assume that everyone will follow God’s commands to ancient Israel, so we look to the state to enact principles of fairness. We also expect governments to abide by these same principles when they levy taxes.