When Wordsworth talked about the magic of a “spot of time,” the poet may not have imagined what digital challenges would be required by the adjustment of modern clocks to the world’s slightly irregular rotation. June 30, 2015, will have one extra second. We owe thanks to Sandford Fleming, surveyor for the Canadian Pacific Railway, who first suggested universal time standards. The International Prime Meridian Conference, held in Washington, DC, endorsed and inaugurated a worldwide system of time zones. What will you do with your extra second of time?
Wordsworth, William, The Prelude, Book 12 http://www.bartleby.com/145/ww298.html
International Prime Meridian Conference http://www.ucolick.org/~sla/leapsecs/scans-meridian.html
Extra Second on June 30, 2015
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