Yet those idiotic and ambiguous associations also happen to be put together in such a way as to make them infinitely more useful than the metric system. If you want to take something in metric and halve it repeatedly, you have to go down a measurement every single time, even if you start out with a whole unit.
By the way, 1000 divided by 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9 in dozenal are 600, 400, 300, 200, 160, and 140. Which also means 100 divided by those numbers are 60, 40, 30, 20, 16, and 14. How many numbers can you cut 100 in decimal into? or hex?
Actually, the system we have now would be made significantly easier, and if the metric system was based on it, we'd never have any reason to use anything else, since it would have all the advantages of imperial AND all the advantages of metric.
Every number is actually made up of primes, it's which ones you have, how many, and what numbers share them that matters :) Even twelve is 2*2*3, but that works out to 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9, before it gets to twelve., while ten is missing three of those, and only gets one in return..
A Base twelve metric system to people who understand base twelve actually would be used by the american public, and every other application, because it would have all the strengths of the imperial system, namely being able to easily and effortlessly divide and multiply by 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, and 1/12, while also…
Sure, let's do that. Then I'm going to need you split up a thousand blocks into evenly divided lengths of 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, and 1/12 of a meter
Actually, an R(twelve) based metric would be both simpler and more convenient than any other measuring system I know of. there'd be general approximations for every single imperial unit, and we'd still be able to shift points and multiply and divide by powers of 10 like mad to convert everything easily. It would…
Actually, switching to base R(Especially if we convert metric to it as well) would solve preeeetty much all of that entirely. Not fahrenheit though. 100F will still be quite a toasty day, and 100C will still kill you. Though it would increase the tolerable upper temperature range by about 20 degrees.
I do rather agree with this, so many problems seem to be caused by trying to make it unique and different and easily distinguishable from everything we've ever developed in history. A quarter til is just as valid in baseR as baseX, as is a half past. We'd also probably be more comfortable with thirds, which hit 4 and…
Counting on your fingers is actually pretty awesome in base twelve. Using the segments of your fingers and your thumbs to point you can count up to two dozen.
Nah, if we kept the same basic valuations, a dollar would be a dollar, the main difference would be change.
"[I]t's a completely arbitrary numbering system that emerged for one very simple reason: We have five fingers on each hand."
The thing about this is they're all standard units of measure developed independently that, for some reason, use a base other than the one all our numbers are in. Yes, sometimes they use sixteen instead, but that's also not ten. Also, 360(x) is primarily made up of twos until it gets to 45(x), then it has two threes…
If you represented the imperial system in base R(twelve), without changing anything about the system at all, a foot would have 10 inches, there'd be 3080 feet in a mile, 1028 yards, and 30,800 inches.
I absolutely agree, base 10 and the metric system are the way to go, however, 10 should have two more units to it than it currently does. I don't refer to it as base 12 for the same reason I don't refer to the decimal system as base 1010. However, base 10 should have two more units than it currently does. Then people…
The fact that we use base 10 is precisely why no one ever wants to convert to the metric system. The metric system is awkward, and dividing into it to get manageable units is a pain.