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Topic: Eon, and 'when did this century begin'?

From: patrick
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Date: 01/08/2007

Hey, I just decided to re-read Eon (my first, actually, since the initial read back in the late 80s/early 90s), and in the first Prolog, Gary Lanier and Judith Hoffman quite briefly skirt the issue of when the millenium starts.

I remember this being an issue, but isn't it solved? I mean, it doesn't matter which convention (0 or 1) the ancients used, cos the one we use (1900s = the 20th century) is 0. Hence, the 21st century started in the year 2000. Yes?

Re: Eon, and 'when did this century begin'?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/08/2007

I guess the experts have decided it's not like a milometer, which starts at zero. There was no year zero, these experts say (but they weren't there, so how do they know?), and so, the twentieth century began in 1901. Of course, it was all backdated anyway, many centuries after the fact. Someone named Gregory was involved at one point...

My authority on this has got to be Sir Arthur Clarke, and one of my favorite films of all time.

Re: Eon, and 'when did this century begin'?

From: patrick
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Date: 01/08/2007

Nice response. However, it doesn't matter what convention one uses, cos the first year is 0 until it's over. Notice if you count to one, until you've gone that step, it's not 1. But it is the first in succession, hence, the first century. (Or, the first year in the first century, with the completion of You can celebrate it whenever you want, but numerically, it is this way.

Re: Eon, and 'when did this century begin'?

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/08/2007

As I recall, Ray Milland did have to deal with PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO...

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