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From: Chris Nedin To: All Msg #65, Jul-22-93 12:35AM Subject: Re: Mystical 7 ? Organization: Geology & Geophysics, Adelaide Uni From: cnedin@geology.adelaide.edu.au (Chris Nedin) Message-ID: Followup-To: talk.origins,alt.atheism Newsgroups: talk.origins,alt.atheism This thread has reminded me that the seven day week has not always been adhered to. Just after the French Revolution, Gilbert Romme and a team of scientists set about replacing the Gregorian calander (introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582) with a calander based on the metric system. After working out that the year was 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 49 seconds long (an error of about 1 in 10,000,000) the system was introduced on Oct. 5th, 1793. It was based on a year divided into 12 months, but time was decimal. The month was 30 days long, each day had 10 hours, each hour was divided into decimales or minutes and each minute into seconds. The year started on the Autumn equinox (22st September) and ran:- (approx.) Vendemiaire - September brumaire - October frimaire - November nivose - December pluvose - January ventose - February germinal - March florial - April prairial - May messidor - June thermidor - July fructidor - August 1/1/1 = 22nd September, 1793 (thus 14th vendemiaire, 1 = 5th Oct 1793; and 5th nivose, 2 = 25 December 1794. There were several problems, not the least was that the workers only got one day off in 10! Also, the rest of Europe didn't hurry to embrace the new system! So merchants had to keep two calanders. The calander lasted in general use until 18th brumaire, 8, when Napoleon ordered that the decades by observed by state employees only. In year 10 even state employees were given Sundays off, and the calander was officially dropped on 11th nivose 14 (1st January, 1806). Incidentally, on 11th floreal, 4, Delambre finished measuring an arc from Dunkirk to Barcelona and deduced the length of the metre to an accuracy of 3 in 100,000. Chris --------------------------------------------------------------------- cnedin@geology.adelaide.edu.au | "How can Nedin be trusted" | Dept. of Geology & Geophysics | C Wieland Director, | University of Adelaide | Creation Research Foundation, | South Australia 5005 | Queensland Australia | ---------------------------------------------------------------------

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