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
t., who ought to upload the latest thoughts on how to *write* numbers