In 1790, a commission of twenty-eight scientists appointed by the French Academy created something which quickly gave France a huge advantage over its international rivals. What was this?

Answer: The metric system of weights and measures. French scientists quickly adopted the new standards, which allowed quicker and more efficient progress to be made in the scientific, commercial and engineering fields.

Source: Groundbreaking Scientific Experiments, Inventions, and Discoveries of the Eighteenth Century by Jonathan Shectman

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