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01/05/2005 Entry: "A better calendar"

Hey, I'd rather switch than fight:

"His constraints meant eight months would have different lengths than they do now. March, June, September, and December would each contain 31 days, while the other months would each get 30. To keep the calendar in synchronization with the seasons, Henry inserted an extra week - which is not part of any month - every five or six years. He named the addition "Newton Week" in honor of his favorite physicist, Isaac Newton.

"'If I had my way, everyone would get Newton Week off as a paid vacation and could spend the time doing physics, or other activities of their choice,' he says."
Novel calendar system creates regular dates, 11:30 03 January 2005, NewScientist.com news service, by Maggie McKee

When scientists make calendars...

 

 

 

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