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Topic: A Better Number System
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David Bernier

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Re: A Better Number System
Posted: Mar 1, 2013 2:26 AM
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On 03/01/2013 12:25 AM, Hurtlin' Squirty wrote:
> On 02/28/2013 05:32 PM, Tom Potter wrote:
>> A Better Number System
>>
>> It is my perception that currently defined number
>> systems, including naturals, integers, reals, complex,
>> surreals, etc, present distorted views of reality,
>> are inefficient, and express quantities with
>> variable and too much uncertainty.

>
> That's because of the units involved. Hidden units distort our views.
> For example, my truck will go about 16 miles on a gallon of gas, which
> seems not so good. But what does that really mean?
> Let's simplify:
>
> (16 miles) / (1 gallon of gas)
> (1013760 inches) / (231 cubic inches of gas)
> (1013760) / (231 square inches of gas)
> 4388 / square inch of gas
>
> Now we see that the truck manages an impressive 4388 of something on
> just one square inch of gas! Without question, 4388 is a big number. And
> a square inch of gas is pretty thin. Probably one molecule deep. Almost
> nothing.


Great for a headline, suffusing and diffusing optimism
to the masses! Progress forever!
Wall Street up!


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