Standard Time

Standard Time

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...in their columns, and the inquirer is thus often left at a loss. Some of these tables, in order to remove the embarrassment, have employed the expedient of printing the hours of the night in white letters upon a black ground, while those of the day are printed in the usual way--with black letters upon a white ground; but the very adoption of this expedient is a confession of the existence of an evil which we may easily perceive to be quite unnecessary. Let the hours of the day be only continuously numbered from beginning to end, and there will never be any uncertainty as to which part of the day is meant. Another of the secondary features of the scheme is the designation of a zero meridian. The zero meridian is that from which terrestrial longitudes begin to be reckoned, and that at which, at the close of the day, the count of the day in the monthly calendar shall be momentarily the same for the entire globe. Any meridian which might be chosen, and which should be generally accepted, would answer for this purpose; but such a selection ought not to be made through mere idle caprice. Eegard should be had to usages actually existing; and if there is any meridian which has already become more familiar than any other to the great majority of mankind, that circumstance should be counted in its favor. In a contribution made by me some ten years ago to a provisional code of international law drawn up under authority of a resolution of this Association, by the Hon. David Dudley Field, afterwards President of the Association, I endeavored to assign some reasons why the meridian of Greenwich is entitled to be regarded as rightfully the first meridian for purposes of longitude. But the same reasons apply with equal force to the inferior meridian of...show more

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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236638255
  • 9781236638250