Top message: What is a metric year? by meeshxsmith
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Re: What is a metric year?
A modified second = 1/100 000 of a day = 0.864 s could be a viable alternative. Any redefinition of the second, however, creates conflicts with anything based on its precise current definition. Another unit for time, more familiar than some other suggestions, could be 14.4 minutes, i.e. a shorter quarter of an hour, or a centiday, as proposed by Lagrange. The centiday was used in China (called ke in Chinese) for thousands of years.
In the 19th century M.J. de Rey-Pailhade proposed using the centiday, abbreviated cÃ©, divided into 10 decicÃ©s, 100 centicÃ©s and 1000 dimicÃ©s.
In 1897, the Commission de dÃ©cimalisation du temps was created by the French Bureau of Longitude, with the mathematician Henri PoincarÃ© as secretary. The commission proposed making the standard hour the base unit of metric time, but the proposal did not gain acceptance and was eventually abandoned
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