[LEAPSECS] Do lawyers care (know) about leap seconds?

Kevin Birth Kevin.Birth at qc.cuny.edu
Wed Oct 1 12:36:06 EDT 2014

The 12/24 clock was only "standard" in England and France.  Nuremberg
hours (separate counts for daytime and nighttime) lasted until 1811,
Italian hours (1-24 beginning at evening twilight) until the 1860s,
Japanese time until 1873.  I don't know when Bohemian hours were done away
with.  Some parts of France used canonical hours until the early 20th
century. There is also Chinese time, Hindu muhurtas, Jewish zmanim, and
the prayer times in Islam--all of which are different from the 12/24 hours
with 60 minutes.   

Standard times before the 19th century are an illusion created by only
focusing on the history of the representations that lasted into the
present and those representations became global because of empire and



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On 10/1/14 12:13 PM, "Tony Finch" <dot at dotat.at> wrote:

>Kevin Birth <Kevin.Birth at qc.cuny.edu> wrote:
>> For most of human history there were no global time standards.  In
>> many city states had their own distinctive times--Nuremberg Time,
>> Time, Bohemian Time . . .
>But before there were standard times there were standard representations
>of time, e.g. the 12/24 hour clock and base 60 fractions.
>f.anthony.n.finch  <dot at dotat.at>  http://dotat.at/
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