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Decimal Time: Misadventures of a Revolutionary Idea, 1793–2008

Decimal Time: Misadventures of a Revolutionary Idea, 1793–2008 <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article traces the idea of decimalized systems of time reckoning, from their first articulated designs and implementation in the French revolution to our day. The paper analyzes how decimal time was the product of a broader rationalizing project that successfully reformed weights and measures (with the invention of the decimal metric system) and money (with the introduction of the franc as a decimal currency), but failed in bringing the chronological and calendrical reform into fruition. Finally, some hypotheses are suggested to explain why contrary to the global success of the metric system and decimal currency, plans for a fully decimalized time system were never accepted.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Kronoscope Brill

Decimal Time: Misadventures of a Revolutionary Idea, 1793–2008

Kronoscope , Volume 9 (1-2): 29 – Jan 1, 2009

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Brill
Copyright
© 2009 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1567-715x
eISSN
1568-5241
DOI
10.1163/156771509X12638154745382
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>This article traces the idea of decimalized systems of time reckoning, from their first articulated designs and implementation in the French revolution to our day. The paper analyzes how decimal time was the product of a broader rationalizing project that successfully reformed weights and measures (with the invention of the decimal metric system) and money (with the introduction of the franc as a decimal currency), but failed in bringing the chronological and calendrical reform into fruition. Finally, some hypotheses are suggested to explain why contrary to the global success of the metric system and decimal currency, plans for a fully decimalized time system were never accepted.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

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KronoscopeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2009

Keywords: DECIMAL METRIC SYSTEM; DECIMALIZATION; REPUBLICAN CALENDAR; DECIMAL CURRENCY; DECIMAL TIME

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