Inventing Math on New Earth

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Inventing Math on New Earth

Postby caters on Sun May 11, 2014 11:33 pm

My Momma and I are pretending to go to new earth and before we go we need these things:
Gardening stuff like seeds
Farm animals including horses for transportation
Math books
Science books
and more

One of the things we need is a number system.

I want your opinion.

Should we use base 10, base 12, base 20, or base 60?

If we use base 10 should we use roman numerals( () for * 100, - above or below letter for * 1000, combinations for multiplying by any other power greater than 10^1), Greek numerals, Egyptian numerals, or Hindu-Arabic numerals?
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Re: Inventing Math on New Earth

Postby FWT on Mon May 12, 2014 11:15 am

caters wrote:One of the things we need is a number system. I want your opinion:

Should we use base 10, base 12, base 20, or base 60?

What are the rules for deciding which you "should" use? Or are you just asking people's opinions, with no "right" answer?
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Re: Inventing Math on New Earth

Postby caters on Mon May 12, 2014 8:53 pm

FWT wrote:
caters wrote:One of the things we need is a number system. I want your opinion:

Should we use base 10, base 12, base 20, or base 60?

What are the rules for deciding which you "should" use? Or are you just asking people's opinions, with no "right" answer?


I'm just asking peoples opinions.
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Re: Inventing Math on New Earth

Postby maggiemagnet on Tue May 13, 2014 11:57 am

I'd use what people already know. That's probably base-10 math.
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Re: Inventing Math on New Earth

Postby caters on Wed May 14, 2014 9:20 pm

well you know how the babylonians used a base 60 system? Thats where we got the 60 sec/min and the 60 min/hr from is the babylonian base 60 system.

Mayans used base 20 and influenced us by being the first to use 0.

Romans used a base 10 system for whole numbers and a base 12 system for fractions.
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