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Does some branch of history as a science specialized in dates (in the sense of time, not romantic involvement)? Or is it a task too small and too important for not being everybody's business?

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  • You mean chronology?
    – Michael
    Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 19:57
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    Dates or dating? Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 21:01
  • @LennartRegebro: calling it dating is still ambiguous. Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 21:58
  • @Michael: yep. I was missing this word. Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 21:59

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Chronology is the science of arranging events in their order of occurrence in time. Perhaps you are interested in the variety of calendars used over time and in different cultures.

It is worth noting that time determination is not a trivial task in computing, despite a standard being developed for it: ISO 8601. This is due to issues such as cultural differences, calendar changes, intercalcary months, weeks, days or seconds, daylight savings changes and time zones.

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    +1 - It is worth noting that time determination is not a trivial task in computing : Check out Calendrica - good stuff.
    – user2590
    Commented Feb 8, 2014 at 23:36

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