Thursday, October 5, 2023

The Under-Appreciation of Fahrenheit

Conventional wisdom holds that Fahrenheit temperatures are illogical and that Celsius is superior, with its precise logic: 0 for the freeing point of water, and 100 for the boiling point of water.

But, the Fahrenheit temperature scale is under-appreciated:

1. It's range over the same interval (freezing - boiling, 32 - 212) is larger than Celsius, allowing for more expressiveness and comparison, without going down to decimal points.

2. Fahrenheit has its own 0 - 100 logic, which is human-centric. 0 degrees is when the human body really starts to feel uncomfortable cold, and 100 degrees is when the body starts to feel uncomfortably warm.

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