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

From:taliesin the storyteller <taliesin@...>
Date:Friday, February 14, 2003, 8:35
* Jake X said on 2003-02-14 03:54:05 +0100
> Nik scrub: > > Jake X wrote: > > > _hyaku sen_ is a hundred thousend. You men hyaku man. :) > > > > Oops. of course. :-) And "hundred thousand" is actually _juu man_ > > (ten ten-thousand)
> It also interests me how the form of spoken numbers is so deeply > entwined in the written numerical form, e.g. three digit "periods" > etc. When I learned Akkadian numbers, even though I could convert to > and from base ten, I could only think of the number in terms of either > decimal numbers or the equivalent decimal reading of the same digits. > Maybe if I spoke a language based on a different base, I would be more > equipped to handle it mentally, but acquiring the system and > converting with my L1 would be very difficult.
Thanks to long over-exposure to the grittier parts of computing I feel quite at home with binary, base 8 and base 16, which is handy since my Taruven uses base 8 :) Not so well that I can convert quickly, on the fly, in my head, between bases; but well enough that I have a feel for whether numbers in those bases are roughly in the same ballpark. With huge numbers, that's what you want anyway. Long live scientific notation :) t., who ought to upload the latest thoughts on how to *write* numbers in Taruven...