[LEAPSECS] Royal Society
pvince at theiet.org
Tue Nov 8 18:59:28 EST 2011
Steve's abbreviated quote gave me the impression that Mr.Whibberly of
the British National Physical Laboratory would be in favour of the
abolition of the leap-second - a stance which is the opposite to my
personal knowledge of his views until at least recently. Can I
therefore quote that whole paragraph from the Nature article, where it
is clear he is saying the opposite:
> Peter Whibberley, a physicist at the National Physical Laboratory in Teddington, UK, says that
> despite ten years of debate, "there's no convincing evidence that anything serious would happen
> if you made a mistake introducing a leap second into a system". Abolishing leap seconds only
> defers any problems, he adds. "A century down the line, we'll need to introduce a 'leap minute',
> and nobody has any sensible arguments for why that won't be a worse issue."
Peter Vince (London, England)
On 8 November 2011 20:45, Steve Allen <sla at ucolick.org> wrote:
> On Tue 2011-11-08T15:28:18 -0500, Dennis Ferguson hath writ:
>> > http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111108/full/479158a.html
>> I think it would be a bit more accurate if the writer had replaced
>> "a consensus" with "unanimity".
> I'll dare to paraphrase other quotes from that article.
> Arias: "we're afraid"
> Lewandowski: "we're afraid"
> both of which contrast with the literal quote
> Whibberley: "there's no convincing evidence that anything serious would happen"
> I think the article author has noted a lack of ability to engage
> in rational discussion the details of any problems.
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