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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