|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 justmarvelling 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, ofcourse, 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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