Debate: Celsius or centigrade

Keith Hodgkin was a guest in the forums who had made a discovery about what we call the scales we measure heat in

By: The OpenLearn team (Programme and web teams)

  • Duration 5 mins
  • Updated Monday 5th October 2009
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  • Posted under Physics
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I was taught at primary school (in the mid-70s) that temperature was measured in "degrees Centigrade". Yet many people now seems to say "degrees Celsius". (I'm ignoring those of a certain age, of course, who still talk in "fahrenheit"!)

I've discovered that the education authorities actually got it wrong because Centigrade was officially renamed Celsius - in honour of the Swedish astronomer who invented the system - nearly 30years before I started my primary education. It looks like I'll have to get used to saying "Celsius"!

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