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“Halloween at the Center of Time and Space”

by Tom Elliot

The Royal Observatory at Greenwich, England, calls itself “The Centre of Time and Space,” and perhaps it is. At least no outraged counterclaims appear to have been lodged—by Alpha Centauri, say, or the Magellanic Clouds—and even if they had, Greenwich has a strong case on grounds of appropriateness: the center of time and space is an arbitrary concept, and Greenwich, its manifold other charms aside, is a shrine to the arbitrary.

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