[NTG-context] OT world history: other measuring systems?

Hans Hagen j.hagen at xs4all.nl
Wed Jan 26 09:58:10 CET 2022


On 1/26/2022 9:41 AM, Otared Kavian via ntg-context wrote:
> 
>> On 26 Jan 2022, at 00:17, Hans Hagen via ntg-context <ntg-context at ntg.nl> wrote:
>> […]
>> times (clocks) were definitely different per city
> 
> Regarding the issue of the absolute necessity of defining a standard time the book by Peter Galison « Einstein’s Clocks, Poincaré’s Maps » gives some interesting insight. In particular, since after the mid 19th century trains were developed while the time was not standardized, many accidents happened with hundreds of people killed. This led Henri Poincaré, Lorentz and Einstein (among other mathematcians and physicists) to th enotion of relativity…
Talking time,

   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_calendar

is a good example of a failure to replace thousands of years of reality. 
So, maybe some measures (feet etc) will stay with us forever.

(I need to look up how these old cultured talked 'temperature'.)

Hans

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