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Topic: Base 60
Replies: 17   Last Post: Aug 10, 2000 7:00 PM

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Ronald A Ward

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Base 60
Posted: Jul 10, 2000 6:02 PM
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Having just "celebrated" my 60th birthday [I know you all thought I was
only 50], I have a new appreciation for the Babylonians and their
sexagesimal system. Here's a math history question for you. WHY did the
Babylonians choose sixty for a base? Anybody know?

Ron Ward/Western Washington University/Bellingham, WA





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