[LEAPSECS] Meeting with Wayne Whyte

Rob Seaman seaman at noao.edu
Tue Feb 1 14:56:25 EST 2011

On Feb 1, 2011, at 12:05 PM, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:

> Note that I said "that's merely an artifact of how it is defined.",

> not "The name 'Universal Time' has an unchangeable magic meaning."

And I suppose "Greenwich Mean Time" is completely fair game, too. And "Temps Atomique International" might designate a timescale created from an ensemble of clepsydra. And "GPS" could provide spatial and temporal coordinates derived from a System of Guinea Pigs.

Universal Time is a concept predating the ITU whippersnappers. (Re)define some other timescale...

...especially since the whole idea appears to be to use UTC as a Nelson's Bridge to ultimately deprecate TAI.

For precision timekeepers they appear to have remarkably little respect for the precise meaning of time.

Rob Seaman
National Optical Astronomy Observatory

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