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LUNATIC again))

From:David Bush <dethyvon@...>
Date:Friday, November 13, 1998, 5:14
I once devised a system for one of my concultures that had the "metric"
system applied to geometry.  I had a 100 degrees in a circle.  A straight
line would be 50 degrees.  That seems like a pretty simple.  Didn't the
Babylonians develop the 360 degree model that we use today?  I believe
their culture was in base 12.


>> > There's no problem with repeating decimals, that's only because we > happen to use 360 degrees. If we divided a circle into, say, 77 > degrees, then there'd be no problem.
>But then the beauty of the rest of the system would be lost. I was just
marvelling that so many numbers divide evenly into 360 - from 1 to 20, the only ones that don't are 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 (all prime I notice - a coincidence? I don't think so.). Perhaps this is why it was selected? 7, 11, and 13 all numbers associated with luck?...I think I'll stop free associating before my brain implodes.
>Anyway, thanks to Nik, Laurie, Eric, and Sam for responding. This, of
course, makes perfect sense. Obviously, I temporarily got stuck in the base-ten groove and couldn't get out - and Ge'arthnuns a language that revels in the number seven - tsk, tsk.
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