Be thankful for John Flamstead

From: Ed Davies <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 10:48:29 +0000

BBC article, "Leap second proposal sparks row":

I found this bit particularly amusing:

> The decision stemmed from the work 200 years previously of the first
> English Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed, who calculated that the
> Earth rotated on its axis once every 24 hours.

It must have been very confusing for people before it was
realised that there were 24 hours in a day. You'd have
thought somebody would have noticed the pattern before,

And yes, my inner pedant has to note that it's once and a
bit every 24 hours.

Received on Thu Nov 10 2005 - 02:50:13 PST

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