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 11-04-2012, 10:54 AM #6 cj wisty Non Ignorant Math Team   Join Date: Nov 2011 Posts: 2,884 Rep Power: 15 good shit. i guess it makes sense that the earliest maths systems would use a binary system because thats the simplest system. its interesting how different bases connect. the author of alice in wonderland actually left a base problem in the alice in wonderland book "I'll try if I know all the things I used to know. Let me see: four times five is twelve, and four times six is thirteen, and four times seven is--oh dear! I shall never get to twenty at that rate! However, the Multiplication Table doesn't signify:" ive also got a book called "alex's adventures in numberland" and in the book he talks about a culture of people in the amazon who dont have a number system and only have 5 numbers. they did tests with them and it was very interesting. they showed these people 1 dot on the screen and they got it 100% of the time. the same thing happened with 2 dots. but when there were 3 dots on the screen they only said the right number 80% of the time. when there were 4 dots they got it right 70% of the time. and for 5 dots they only got it right 28% of the time. it turned out numbers for 3 and above were just rough estimates. also an interesting thing was when westerners put numbers on a line they do it in a linear fashion. however these people from the amazon put numbers on a line in a logarithmic fashion. they also did tests on children and in kindergarten/nursery and first grade/P1 the kids put the numbers on the line in a logarithmic fashion. in 2nd grade/P2 the children put numbers on a line in a linear fashion. also notice how we think of the words millionaire and billionaire in a logarithmic fashion because we use them interchangably even though theres a huge difference between them. humans must naturally think of numbers logarithmically but we use them in a linear fashion because its more useful in society today. __________________ NON-IGS