[ntp:questions] Re: no more leap seconds?

David Schwartz davids at webmaster.com
Wed Aug 10 23:12:06 UTC 2005


    There is fundamental disconnect between two very different views about 
time. One is that time is how long has elapsed from a reference point. The 
other is that time is when the sun rises.

    Astronomers such as Steve Allen seem to feel that "[t]ime has basically 
always really meant what you measure when you put a stick in the ground and 
look at its shadow." They defend leap seconds.

    Engineers tend to feel that time is what a clock measures. I can't find 
a good quote to encapsulate this view. ;)

    DS





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