Should we Change the Meter?  



Right now, we define the meter as 1/299,792,458 the length light travels in a second. Now, I don't know about you, but that is pretty ridiculous. Granted, it was defined differently before we knew that light is a constant speed no matter the view point, but still. Why not make it 1/300,000,000 of the time it takes light to travel in a second? For that matter, why don't we make the second 10,000,000 "transition periods" of the ground state of cesium 133, instead of 9,192,631,770. Yes, I know that it is supposed to comply with the time of day and stuff, but it would be so much nicer if we said it to be that. Or, better yet, 1045 · tP, where tP is the Planck Time.

On that note, why are we using a base 10 system? 10 only has 3 factors (1, 2, and 5), while, on the other hand, 12 has 5 factors (1, 2, 3, 4, and 6). So, let's say that a meter is 12-8 times the length light travels in 1240 · tP (still in base 10 format, but clearly more oriented around 12).

Now, am I expecting a new definition? No. Am I expecting everyone to convert to this measurement when answering questions on this website? Yes. Also convert to base twelve. (Meaning that the REAL definition of a B-Meter (standing for "Better Meter") is 10-5  times the length light travels in 1034 · tP.) So, if you ever want to get recognition on this website, here is a converter for your needs:

1 second = 0.792377 B-Seconds (0.9612)

1 meter = 0.8799106 B-Meters (0.A685)

In case you were wondering, the exponents used were supposed to be powers of two when converted to base twelve when looked at through base ten eyes, but the result ended up too small. So, just so you know, the base unit for time in the "B" system is 1238 or 1032 in base twelve, and is 0.005502 (0.000B5) of a second.

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