Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dozenalists

From The Guardian:

Dozenalists of the world unite! Rise up against the tyranny of ten!

Today is 12/12/12, a symbolic day for the long-standing international campaign to replace our decimal number system with one based on twelves

Most people in the world count up to 10 like this:

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Donald P Goodman, however, counts like this:

0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,X,E,10

where X and E are single digits, and 10 is the number the rest of us know as twelve.

(Usually he writes X as an upside down 2, and E as an upside down 3, as you can see in the picture above, but these symbols are unavailable in this font).

You might think that the introduction of two new digits is an unnecessary complication to a system that works perfectly well, but Goodman argues that they make counting and calculating easier.

Read the rest here.

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