Re: Horsepower (was Re: Metric Time (was Re: Why not 13 months? (Was La Systeme Metrique))

Dr John Barrow (
Wed, 18 Oct 95 05:20:08 GMT

A.J.Cribbin ( wrote:
: : In <45jpra$2l5@cnn.Princeton.EDU> davelee@davelee (David H. Lee)
: : writes:
: : >horsepower?! what does a horse have to do with power?
: : >etc.

Isn't 1 horsepower = (about) 745 W?? In that much more sensible unitary
domain of SI.

I like the way the SI system takes the name of James Watt, for example, a
classical chap no doubt versed in ye olde Brit Imp measure, and gives it to
the metric system's unit of power. There's a sort of *hands across the sea*
gesture of peace and unity about it. Don't you think?