Date: Feb 7, 2013 9:43 PM
Author: Brian Q. Hutchings
Subject: Re: Which naturals better?

Descartes gave us the screw-up on Snell's law,
apparently copied by fignewton in his "theory of light;"
this is in RD's correspondence with Fermat,
the true author of the theory of numbers (or,
modular arithmetic) -- hint to the OP.

anyway, the real question is,
What is the canonical digital representation
for base-one accounting?

(prove by induction, please; thank you .-)

> Ever since Rene de Carte,