Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Moment of Artificial Wonder

Nature keeps time, but doesn't bother about counting. People do like to count however. Especially us math geeks.

A close friend of mine (who's also fascinated by numbers) pointed out to me yesterday that early this morning, at one hour, two minutes and three seconds after midnight - and noon if you go by a twelve-hour clock - the time and date was officially

01:02:03 4/5/06

Perhaps an uneventful moment, but one that only happens once (or twice on the 12-hour clock) each century. Of course there are some other notable moments upcoming,

02:03:04 5/6/07
03:04:05 6/7/08
04:05:06 7/8/09
05:06:07 8/9/10
06:07:08 9/10/11
07:08:09 10/11/12
08:09:10 11/12/13
09:10:11 12/13/14

which is as far as that goes if you're on a 12 month calendar. But the biggest one will be coming soon...

12:34:56 7/8/09

That'll be two (or four) magic moments on July 8, 2009. Sounds to me like another good reason to have a drink with a math friend. Thanks Ann!

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