Re: Chiming in (was Re: Evolving shades of meaning (was Re: LUNATIC again))
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, November 13, 1998, 4:43|
Douglas Koller wrote:
> 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?
Well, I was just pointing out that the repeating decimal was simply an
artifact of the number we chose. As for 360, it's just co-incidence
that those primes don't divide (and note that other primes - 2, 3, 5 -
do divide), it was chosen for it's large number of evenly divisible
numbers - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, (16), 18, 20, and so one
(16 is a terminating decimal - 22.5).
"It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and
sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II"
(Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert)
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