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Topic: Why 360 degrees?
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Lynn Stallings

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Re: Why 360 degrees?
Posted: Apr 28, 1995 1:50 PM
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I've heard it suggested that it had to do with the fact that a year was
thought to consist of 360 days.

At 5:50 PM 4/28/95 +0000, Joe Seeley wrote:
>When did ancient geometers come up with the idea of dividing the circle into
>360 degrees, and why?
>
>My guess for the reason is that 360 is evenly divisible by so many integers,
>making some calculations easy.
>
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