(03-04-2015, 12:42 PM)eseedhouse Wrote: GMT stands for "Greenwich Mean Time". Why should the world standard revolve around a small town in England? Because when it was invented Britain was the main world power and the holder of a vast empire? Well that empire is now just a faded memory.
UTC stands for "Universal Time Coordinated" which pretty much accurately reflects what it is, except perhaps for the confusion of our beautiful blue planet with the entire Universe. However in math the word "universe" has a special meaning, and does not imply the whole cosmos.
An insistence that it be called "GMT" seems like misplaced nostalgia to me.
Actually, it was set in Greenwich because the Greenwich observatory was the most widely used and respected source for time and navigational data. They needed accurate time information for navigation for their naval empire and merchant fleet.
UTC doesn't stand for anything or it stands for Coordinated Universal Time." The English wanted "CUT," the French wanted "TUC". "UTC" was the compromise.