Types for Units-of-Measure: Theory and Practice

@inproceedings{Kennedy2009TypesFU,
  title={Types for Units-of-Measure: Theory and Practice},
  author={Andrew Kennedy},
  booktitle={CEFP},
  year={2009}
}
Units-of-measure are to science what types are to programming. In science and engineering, dimensional and unit consistency provides a first check on the correctness of an equation or formula, just as in programming the validation of a program by the type-checker eliminates one possible reason for failure. Units-of-measure errors can have catastrophic consequences, the most famous of which was the loss in September 1999 of NASA’s Mars Climate Orbiter probe, caused by a confusion between newtons… CONTINUE READING
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