We’re probably all somewhat familiar with how time is essentially a relative concept. The familiar reminders of what one second would mean to a sprinter or what one year would mean to a repeat student all remind us of how time is about perception.
But what about that digit you see on your watch? Is the way we keep time standardized across the various time zones?
This BBC interactive site provides lush insight into the histories of the time zones and how they have been influenced by social, political and geographical factors–bringing home to point that even our most objective of measures are indissolubly handled with the tinted lenses of man.
Why is having standardized time important for us? How has science and technology helped us in this regard? What are some problems with adopting a standard measure?