Daylight Saving Time is Mathematically Illogical
I’ve always found daylight saving time confusing, and now I know why: mathematically, it doesn’t make sense.
As summer turns to winter and our part of the Earth spends less time in the sun, the length of the day contracts. This kind of transformation is known as a dilation–a shrinking or stretching of something.
In order to increase the amount of productive daylight, we translate the times-of-day. Naturally, this doesn’t change the amount of available sunlight; it simply shifts the clock-times so that more of that sunlight occurs during preferred times-of-day .
Thus, the new day looks like this.
Essentially, daylight saving time tries to counteract a dilation with a translation. But mathematically, the way to truly counteract a dilation is with another dilation! Thus, the mathematical logic of daylight saving time is faulty.
Now that I fully understand the source of my confusion, I can rest easier. And for an extra hour!