Thought for the month
“The great tragedy of science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
Thomas Huxley, Scientist (1825-95).
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Time for a (completely) new calendar?
We put a new calendar on the kitchen wall in the Grange household every January 1st. This year it has pictures of old railway advertising posters on it. A group at the Johns Hopkins University want to change things a bit more radically. The current Gregorian calendar has been in place since 1582, when Pope Gregory altered a calendar that was instituted in 46 BC by Julius Caesar. The JHU team wish to create a new calendar in which each new 12-month period is identical to the one which came before, and remains that way from one year to the next in perpetuity. Under the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, if Christmas fell on a Sunday in 2012 it will also fall on a Sunday in 2013, 2014 and beyond. Under the new calendar, September has 31 days, as does June, March and December, the remaining months have 30 days. The advocates suggest that the benefits of such a calendar are many, including the stability which allows the permanent, rational planning of annual activities, from school to work holidays along with simplified financial calculations such as mortgage interest calculations. And they also encourage the abolition of world time zones and the adoption of “Universal Time” in order to synchronize dates and times worldwide, streamlining international business.