[LEAPSECS] BBC article

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Sat Nov 5 10:59:05 EDT 2011

On Nov 4, 2011, at 11:18 PM, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:

> In message <15BD63A6FC8F4DD580E4DA330B23400D at pc52>, "Tom Van Baak" writes:


>> Speculating what will happen to timekeeping over centuries or

>> millennia is another matter.


> And quite a quite ridiculous matter at that, considering that we

> have mucked about with the definition of time roughly every 50 years

> for the last millenia, and that none of those mucking-abouts were

> particularly predictable.

Rather, by heretofore defining time-of-day as slight variations on the theme of - well - time-of-day, we haven't had to worry about mucking about at all. An attempt to redefine time-of-day as the cadence of basement cesium clocks unresponsive to diurnal cycles will - of course - involve "mucking".

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