Yes! (the philosophical justification is analogous to the scientific use case)
On Tue, 11 Jan 2011 10:00:44 -0500, Ray Denenberg wrote
> From: Edward C. Zimmermann
> > Sent: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:02 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [DATETIME] Expanded years
> > The best solution would be to use a scientific notation.
> Are you suggesting that we use standard ISO 8601 four-digit notation
> for four-digit years, and invent a syntax (perhaps based on
> scientific notation) to represent larger years? Just trying to get
> clarification on your suggestion, I like the idea.
Edward C. Zimmermann, NONMONOTONIC LAB
Basis Systeme netzwerk, Munich Ges. des buergerl. Rechts