Thought of the Day: Numbers

When you count from one to two you skip an infinite amount of numbers.

The first known counting system was developed by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia around 4000 BC. This system was created in order to keep track of economic transactions and was based on the number 60.

The number 60 was chosen because it is a highly composite number, meaning it has many divisors. This made it useful for counting and dividing into smaller parts. Additionally, the Sumerian base-60 counting system was used to keep track of time, which is why we still use 60 minutes in an hour and 60 seconds in a minute.

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6 thoughts on “Thought of the Day: Numbers

  1. So I was wondering why time is not digital base 10 ? If you wanted to count up to say 59, you’d need two mates with all fingers and toes intact.

    Imagine if a minute had just 10 seconds and an hour had 100 minutes, a day 10 hours, a week 10 days, a month 10 weeks and a year 10 months !

    But that’s when we hit the rational century of 100 years and the millennium of 10 centuries.

    A leap year would be impossible because people would not only not know how high to leap, or what day it was.

    I’ll meet you at 10:72. on 8,7.8

    More precise times – fractions of a second could be calibrated against 10 gazillion oscillations of a beer molecule.

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    1. Mike, as I’m British we famously don’t do metric … hence pints, halves, quarts, barrrels and skinfuls are the only beer measurements!

      Other units of measuremnt we use are pinch, smidgen, the country of Wales, double decker buses, olympic size swimming pools and baker’s dozens.

      We are not quite ready for fingers and toes.

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