Here’s the lede you already know: the vote passed and the kilogram unit will be defined relative to h, or Planck constant, on May 20, 2019. Max Planck’s HilfsGrösse will help even more scientists! :-D
Today was a 12-hour day, starting with the prep and then filming the regular-type meeting proceedings. While that may sound especially un-cinematic, I hope the film viewers will have the same feelings that I do—seeing friends celebrate a special event. Indeed, Klaus von Klitzing called it a “happy funeral.”
If you haven’t see the webcast, it is on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA67T7FPBME The talks were quite good.
Recalling how I spent my junior year abroad in Versailles, I wrote a blog post for the UI Behind the Scenes series, “Saying goodbye to an old measure” https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/718179
I only had the idea in O’Hare airport, but Lois Yoksoulian and Diana Yates helped me to quickly find the right outlet for this adventure. How terrific, and big thanks!
My science advisor Michael Trott also posted his own blog today on the Wolfram site: http://blog.wolfram.com/2018/11/16/as-of-today-the-fundamental-constants-of-physics-c-h-e-k-na-are-finally-constant/
After the talks, I was very happy to have the chance even briefly to interview the delegates from Canada, Mexico, and Japan, so I could hear their views on how today’s vote could influence their countries. I really appreciated the time from Georgette MacDonald, Victor José Lizardi Nieto, and Takashi Usuda.
A shoutout to Charles Clark: I did indeed film Stephan Schlamminger’s tattoo! He joked that he saved room on his right arm for Big G, but of course if that happened, the left arm (tattoo) obsolete. Thanks for the heads up!
My biggest thanks go to Peter Mohr, for encouraging me to witness what he wisely feels is the final chapter of the kilogram’s story.
Now I must dub footage. You have a good weekend!