This math scares me

Steve Holden sholden at holdenweb.com
Fri Mar 16 00:35:00 CET 2001


"Fabio Olive Leite" <olive at conectiva.com.br> wrote in message
news:mailman.984689603.19242.python-list at python.org...
> On Thu, Mar 15, 2001 at 03:04:07PM +0000, Grant Edwards wrote:
> )
> ) One step further is base-60, which is still used for many
> ) things.  Time and angular measurement for example is partially
> ) a base-60 system.  I believe that one or more of the ancient
> ) Aztecs/Incans/Mayans used a base-60 number system.
>
> Indeed, they used it. And some other people too, as is seen even today in
> the most common languages of the word. French, for example, has no "real
> words" for seventy, eighty and ninety, and uses "sixty ten", "four twenty"
> and "four twenty ten".
>
> Base 12 was used a lot for commerce, as it has more integer fractions than
> 10. :)
>
What can you expect from a race who insist on calling seventeen, eighteen
and nineteen "ten-seven", "ten-eight" and "ten-nine" respectively? And let's
not get into punds, shillings and pence.

old-enough-to-remember-them-ly y'rs  - steve






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