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Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)

From:Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 16:42
Staving Kendra:

>Somewhat on the subject of measurements and numbers, though, are there any >places in the world which don't use the Arabic numeral way of doing things? >As an American I have a hard time imagining life without zero and have spent >most of the morning in bed thinking about it, since I'm trying to figure out >how to write numbers in this brushy-calligraphy-kind-of-thing I've been >working on. How do systems that don't have zeros or use places (tens and >hundreds and stuff) write numbers? > >
Japan (and presumably also China) uses kanji numerals alongside Arabic ones. There are kanji for the numbers 1 to 10, and then numbers from eleven to 99 are given in the form ni-ju-shichi (two-ten-seven) = 27. One hundred has its own kanji, hyaku, and the system continues in the same vein with sen=1000, ichiman=10000, juman=100000, hyakuman=1000000, senman=10000000, ichioku=100000, etc. itcho=1000000000000. Pete Bleackley