1758Re: [ISO8601] The best on Time Zones
- Jun 5, 2006
I see that they have still not managed to move away from a strictly Newtonian view of time: "1.1.1 ... at any given moment it is the same time in UTC everywhere on Earth ..."
In fact, for systems in relative motion (among other things) this is only approximately true. I guess it goes to show how entrenched Newton's idea of absolute time has become, despite not, in fact, being strictly true. People do seem to like the idea of time being the same everywhere, it's such a reassuring way of viewing the world.
It seems that Minkowski's 1908 comment that 'Henceforth space by itself, and time by itself, are doomed to fade away into mere shadows, and only a kind of union of the two will preserve an independent reality.' seems still to be a long way from becoming "common sense".
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