[LEAPSECS] the big artillery

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Thu Nov 6 09:37:38 EST 2014

In message <CAHZk5WfKSLMy77HK1Vsvk9PQ5v=TPb0rZURi8j4KmcEzooaCZQ at mail.gmail.com>
, Sanjeev Gupta writes:

>Note that "seconds" are also a unit of angles, so UT1 seconds being a
>measure of angle is not strange.

...and I'm sure any surveyor or ships navigator would be extremely suprised
if somebody told him that the degree between 23°59' and 24°00' had
sixtyone seconds once every other year or so.

"minutes" and "seconds" are fractions of 60 and have been so since
babylonian times for minutes and since 13-mumble for seconds.

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