[time-nuts] Determination of the placement of the first pps

Jim Lux jimlux at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 23 13:31:05 EST 2012

On 1/23/12 9:45 AM, J. Forster wrote:
> The fundamental problem is our system of units is not defined rationally.
> What is universal about a meter or a second or a kilogram? Nothing!
> If you were suddenly transported elsewhere in the universe bareassed,
> could you replicate the standards we use?
> If you lived on another planet, perhaps Klingon, would the second make any
> sense?
> This problem was faced maybe 50 years ago by the SETI folks. How do you
> know what frequency an ET might be transmitting on? 1.000000000 GHz? And
> if their unit of time is different, what then?

isn't that why they relate things to Hydrogen frequency, etc. (viz gold 
plates on Voyager)

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