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Strange Number Systems

  1. May 24, 2004 #1
    There have been strange number systems used in the past in different parts of the world ... do you know any? :biggrin:
     
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  3. May 24, 2004 #2

    HallsofIvy

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    I've mentioned this before: The T'lingut people of coastal Washington State, United States and British Columbia, Canada, counted on the spaces between their fingers rather than on their fingers and so had a number system based on 4 and 8 rather than 5 and 10.
     
  4. May 24, 2004 #3
    Lol...that bold[is] strange
     
  5. May 24, 2004 #4

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    lol, but I would imagine a lot easier to work with computers if they had ever made it to the computer age.
     
  6. May 24, 2004 #5

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    Must say I would like to have that system instead...to me it looks more beautiful!
     
  7. May 24, 2004 #6

    Gokul43201

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    For a long time, number systems were "baseless". Look at Roman Numerals for instance - it takes cartloads of numerals to write a 4 or 5 digit (decimal) number.

    Now isn't that strange ?
     
  8. May 25, 2004 #7
    Lol....Gokul...ur right
     
  9. May 25, 2004 #8

    AKG

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    I don't know about that. The Romans had an awkward number system, but most civilizations before, during, and after them I would assume, had decent number systems. The Hindu system of numbers upon which our current decimal system is based existed either before or during the time of the Romans. Also, I don't think number systems, except for the Romans (all I can think of) were baseless. The first number systems were a base 1 system -- tallying.
     
  10. May 25, 2004 #9
    I'm surprised about the Romans - not that i didn't know about their system - but that they could do so much and then have a crappy number system. I'm sure they had extensive contact with other civilisations esp. the Hindu one. Does any1 know y they decided to stik to their number?>
     
  11. May 25, 2004 #10
    they mayans had a base 20 number system
     
  12. May 25, 2004 #11

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    Conventions die hard. Consider the imperial system of measurements.

    - Warren
     
  13. May 25, 2004 #12

    Gokul43201

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    Guess the Romans were too busy hacking up people in circuses or having neverending orgies.
     
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