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The Improvement of the Gregorian, Calendar

Nature volume 101, page 83 (04 April 1918) | Download Citation



OUR present calendar has many inconveniences: tke author's recommendations are limited to the correction of the most serious. Notably, August should give a day to February, reversing the reprehensible change attributed to Augustus. If the day were removed from August in one year and added to February in the following year, no alteration would be involved in the Easter tables. Also the leap-day should come at the end of a year; its present position causes many complications. This might be managed, the author suggests, by beginning the year on March 1. He points out the desirability of making each quarter exactly thirteen weeks. He would have one day in common years and two in leap years that would stand outside the weekly reckoning, which would thus recur exactly every year. This would be a great help in the arrangement of meetings and similar events, their relative positions being invariable, while at present they are subject to shifts of a week. These changes would cause some temporary inconvenience, especially to almanac-makers, but would in the long run be a great simplification.

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