Re: [LEAPSECS] mining for data about time - Reply

From: Peter Bunclark <psb_at_AST.CAM.AC.UK>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2003 16:20:31 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 19 Aug 2003, John Cowan wrote:

> James Johnson scripsit:
> > However I have pondered over this situation for some time, and would offer
> > this humble suggestion. As scientist we trained there are no coincidences, that
> > there are facts to substantiate happenings.
> Consider the angular diameter of the Sun and the Moon as seen from
> the Earth. They are the same within 10% (worst case), and the discrepancy
> can be as small as 0%. Coincidence? I think so!
Or possibly the Anthropic Principle is at work. Perhaps we are today
able to consider the vagaries of leap seconds because our ancestors bust
their brains working out the dynamics of total solar eclipses.

Received on Tue Aug 19 2003 - 08:22:03 PDT

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