Posted on May 9, 2014 in Discussion, Doodles/Sketches

alphanumerics 003Not much of a sketch today, I know, but I’ve had a numbering system in mind for at least a year. I’ve wanted the onderzites to use a counting system that isn’t base-10. Base-10 makes a lot of sense when you have 10 fingers, but it isn’t a super flexible number. You can divide it by 5 and 2, and that’s it. Have you ever wondered why there are 60 seconds in a minuet? It has to do with a numbering system used by the ancient Sumerians. 60 is divisible by lots of numbers: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 12, 25, 20, and 30. But how can you count to 60 with just 10 fingers? Use your left thumb to count the finger bones in that hand. That gets you up to 12. Use the digits on your right hand to keep track of the number of times you’ve counted to 12. 5 x 12 = 60. And there you have it, you’ve counted to 60 just using your fingers.

So in regards to the numbers above: the large shape on the bottom is used to denote numbers 0-11. The small accent on top are added to indicate the how many complete groups of 12 were made: 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60.

At least 5 years ago I started to wonder about finding a unique base-? system that could represent pi as a definite decimal rather than a never ending decimal. In base-10 math: 1/3 = 0.3333333333… (3’s into infinity) but with a bas-12 you get a clean 0.4