Dozenal-Senary Dreams : Trying to Count Sheep

Decimal versus Dozenary versus Senary.


You know you have insomnia when trying to count sheep doesn’t work, and trying to multiply sheep makes you wonder why we don’t use a base-12 or base-6 numbering system, and then you have the urge to open your computer and lay these numbers out on a grid…

I’m not a math nerd or anything, but after making this grid and then surfing Wikipedia (just to beat the curiosity out of my system by seeing how little I actually understand on this subject), I was interested to learn that in a base-N system, any number is evenly divisible by N minus one, if and only if its digital root is N minus one (see Number Nine). That’s pretty cool.

Can I go to sleep now?






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Posted on May 28, 2007, in Diversions. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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