Abbot Gabriel Mouton
"...there was a marvelous regularity in nature which makes a metric system of measurement based on nature fit in with human activity."
Gabriel Mouton (1618 – 28 September 1694) was a French abbot and scientist. He was a doctor of theology from Lyon, but was also interested in mathematics and astronomy. His 1670 book, the Observationes diametrorum solis et lunae apparentium, proposed a natural standard of length based on the circumference of the Earth, and was decimally divided. It was influential in the adoption of the metric system in 1799.
|Name||Multiple of virga||Approx. equivalents|
|Milliare||1000||1 minute of arc, 2 km, 1 nautical mile|
|Virga||1||2 m, 1 Parisian toise|
By today's measures, his milliare corresponds directly to a nautical mile, and his virga would by definition have been 1.852 m.
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* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
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