Occam - 17 August 2007 05:43 PM

T.A., I think your math is wrong. Just thinking about it without doing any arithmetic, the length of a day is A. If you break it down into 24 hours or 864,000 seconds or use some small additional factor, it still works out to about 365.248 days. If you want to increase the length of time you assign to a day from A to A plus some small increment that means the clock you are using will move forward by that increment each day. You cannot make one cycle ariound the sun come out as an integral number of days.

Instead of bothering with the clocks and assignment of time values, it seems easier just to speed up the velocity of the earth a smidgen so it traverses a cycle in exactly 360 days. Of course that would change the orbit of the earth which, I would guess would cause interesting problems that would make global warming look like a walk in the park. Or, you could slow down the rotation of the earth so it was just a bit longer than 24 hours. Since I’m not an astronomer, I don’t know what effects this would have.

Occam

Take the math out for a minute. Use your position in base of comparing it with the location of “fixed” stars in your view. From this starting point count how many times you pass over the same starting point.

To each pasing by you will call it a “year”, so a year won’t be a number of days or minutes or seconds but solely the complete round around the Sun.

If you are 30 years old, this means that you have completed 30 rounds around the Sun.

And, actually this is a factual method to prove that time is no more than the data of reference obtained by the comparison of motion between things.

If you are 50 years old, this means that you have traveled a lot in space…too bad you were just going around…