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Curious Nature: Making up for lost time

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Calendars are humanity’s try and impose some form of order to the cosmos, however the cosmos simply received’t appear to cooperate.
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As the brand new 12 months begins, it’s exhausting not to consider the passage of time. Sometimes it goes by within the blink of a watch, like when you consider how briskly your youngsters have grown. And different instances, it goes by painfully slowly, like when you’re ready for that final class or assembly to finish earlier than trip, and it looks like time is nearly going backwards.

The ways in which we preserve observe of time right this moment appear pretty routine, with minutes, hours, and days constructing into weeks, months, and years. But right this moment’s calendar is just one strategy to rely the times, and a reasonably imperfect one at that.