Title: Ancient Numbering Systems

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Subject: Social Issues
Author: Karen B
Date: January 22, 2014
Level: University
Grade: A
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The Romans and Hindu used a base 10 system as well, although it was very different from our system in that it was not positional. The Mayans used a system based on 20. This is referred to as a vigesimal system. One might assume that this arose from the practice of counting on both fingers and toes, whereas a base 10 system presumes that fingers only were used for counting...

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This is referred to as a vigesimal system. One might assume that this arose from the practice of counting on both fingers and toes, whereas a base 10 system presumes that fingers only were used for counting. The Babylonian system was hexasegimal, meaning that it was based on 60. This concept carries forward today in the way we think of time (60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hours, etc...

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