Think – Today: Why Is The U.S. Presidential Inauguration Always On January 20, Irrespective Of The Day Of Week?

by Anura Guruge

bill_clintonThe next one will be, rain or shine, and whether it falls on a Sunday or Wednesday, on January 20, 2017. Why is it always (as far as you can remember) always on January 20? Why?

Think first, then research, then THINK again. Think for the pleasure of thinking.

Yesterday’s ‘Think’: “Famous early 20th century scientists and Google” — We will never know the answer, one way or another. All we can do is speculate, and there are pros and cons (so to speak). Some of these famous scientists, Einstein for one, were original thinkers. They didn’t rely too much upon prior work done by others. By that was not an absolute. At some point in their life they must have done some research to get to where they were — and Google could have helped. There is also the matter that, ‘then’ compared to now, there wasn’t as much of a body of prior work that they could have called upon — with or without Google. But it is also true that there were numerous situations where a scientist would spend years solving a problem only discover that somebody else had already solved it unbeknownst to them! Google could have minimized that. It is also the case that scientists were sometimes totally unaware of germane published work done by their contemporaries. It is claimed that Hubble (the famed cosmologist) went for years without being aware of Einstein’s work. Google could have helped. So, we will never know. Then there is the matter that Google can be a huge distraction and thus a potential time-waster! On balance, though, it might be safe to say that Google probably could have helped these famous scientists.

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by Anura Guruge

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