[time-nuts] Jeopardy questions
dforbes at dakotacom.net
Wed Oct 15 15:51:56 UTC 2008
At 8:02 PM +1100 10/15/08, Neville Michie wrote:
>I am sorry that this question has been so difficult to ask, but there
>are so many arbitrary distortions
>of the observation of time that it has become a very fuzzy concept.
>cheers, Neville Michie
It is perhaps phrased best as a Jeopardy question. (Jeopardy is a TV
game show in which the answers are phrased as questions to match the
questions which are phrased as answers.)
A: What is the orbital period of the Earth in seconds?
Q: It depends on a lot of things political and earthly
A: How many seconds are there in a year?
It is indeed amusing how the word "year" so muddies this simple
parameter of celestial mechanics, by inserting politics into the
--David Forbes, Tucson, AZ
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