# Re: numerals

From: | Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...> |

Date: | Thursday, April 5, 2001, 18:00 |

On Thu, 5 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> YHL wrote:
> >On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Andreas Johansson wrote:
> >
> For really large numbers, the Tairezazh system is actually more economic
> than ours. We need words for every 3rd power of ten (plus for 10^1 and
> 10^2), but the numbers in between are expressed by adding a number up to 999
> before the nearest smaller integer power. Tairezazh only need words for the
> 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th, 16th, 32th etc power of ten. Thus they need fewer
> (different) words to express numbers greater than 1000, tho' the difference
> is small up to a few more powers of ten.

Hmm--I confess in math I don't work with numbers much at all, but after a
while you start using SI and exponents to express large numbers, or else
switch to bigger units. I find 10^9 easier to process than 1 000 000 000
myself. :-p
YHL