14/03/1879

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  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Happy Birthday Albert!!!!
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    Albert Einstein (/ˈaɪnstaɪn/EYEN-styne;[4]German: [ˈalbɛʁt ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn](

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    listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist[5] who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).[3][6]:274 His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.[7][8] He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula {\displaystyle E=mc^{2}}

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    , which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation".[9] He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect",[10] a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
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    His greatest attribute in my opinion? His humility.
     
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  3. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    Why do you list the date before the month? I work for an international firm and they do this, as the norm.

    It’s not the norm for us Americans

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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    It's the norm for us Aussies.
    The logic in that of course is starting with the smallest passage of time, to the next passage of time, to the longest passage of time
    day/month/year....See?
     
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  7. wegs Matter & Pixie Dust Valued Senior Member

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    I love that logic and will never forget it, now. Thanks

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  8. gmilam Valued Senior Member

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    Of course, the most logical is yyyy/mm/dd. You can sort by it!

    Anyway, in the US today 3.14 is also known as Pi day!
     
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  9. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    This is how it should be.
    We don’t say “I’ll meet you at 30:14” when we mean 14:30 (although we do say “half two”, for example), Numbers are always (in most number systems) largest to the left. But we don’t do that with the date.
    I guess it’s to do with how we say it... either “the 13th of March, 2020” or “March the 13th, 2020”.
    But in the UK, and in the rest of our memory of an empire, we use day / month / year.
     
  10. foghorn Registered Senior Member

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    And, putting the month first would ruin ''beware the ides of March''. It would be ''beware the March of ides''. The ides is suppose to be the 15th.
     
  11. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    The fact is, either 14/03/1879 or 1879/03/14 makes sense. The only format that really makes no sense is 03/14/1879.

    Day-month-year has increasing durations of time.
    Year-month-day has decreasing durations of time.

    The only defence for month-day-year is that some people like to say it that way and tradition. "Lots of people do it" and "It's been like that for a long time so why change it now?" are rarely good arguments. Look at the QWERTY keyboard for another example.
     

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