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The 96-Part Orders

The introduction to the second edition explains the genesis of my -part orders. My first response to the call for a non-metric method of proportioning was to convert the -part scale directly to one of  parts, with a view to simply applying the new modular dimensions to the same set of orders as in the first edition. (One possibility was to reproduce the orders flanked by both sets of scales – on the same drawing – but I soon decided that that was a recipe for confusion.) Direct translation of the decimal values, given in the first edition, into a -part system produced some very awkward fractions, so it was apparent that some redrafting would be needed to round out the complicated figures involved.