The leap second: its history and possible future


This paper reviews the theoretical motivation for the leap second in the context of the historical evolution of time measurement. The periodic insertion of a leap second step into the scale of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) necessitates frequent changes in complex timekeeping systems and is currently the subject of discussion in working groups of various… (More)


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@inproceedings{Nelson2002TheLS, title={The leap second: its history and possible future}, author={R. A. Nelson and Dennis D. McCarthy and S. Malys and Jonathan S. Levine and Bernard Guinot and Henry F. Fliegel and Ronald L Beard and Tracy Bartholomew}, year={2002} }