Re: CHAT: Measurements (was: Re: CHAT: browsers)
|From:||Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 16:42|
>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.