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Topic: A Better Number System
Replies: 3   Last Post: Mar 6, 2013 1:33 PM

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 Graham Cooper Posts: 4,495 Registered: 5/20/10
Re: A Better Number System
Posted: Mar 1, 2013 11:29 PM

On Mar 1, 3:25 pm, Hurtlin' Squirty <r...@ttlers.org> 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.
>

might run on cardboard cylinders?

Herc

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Date Subject Author
3/1/13 David Bernier
3/6/13 Brian Q. Hutchings
3/1/13 Graham Cooper