Who here can do math in other bases in their head?  Anybody ever play around with…

Who here can do math in other bases in their head?  Anybody ever play around with Base12?  I started doing math in it a week or so ago and now I can't stop, it's like it overwrote the part of my brain that does Base10 math.  It just… makes so much sense.  It's like reading Shakespeare in the original Klingon.

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4 Responses to “Who here can do math in other bases in their head?  Anybody ever play around with…”

  1. Kathlyn Hawley February 1, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    My dad loves base 12 so much, he talks about it a lot to me. :D

  2. Jim Hanson February 1, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    What does he use for the digits between 9 and 10?  Is he one of the "dec, el" people, or does he do something different?

  3. Kathlyn Hawley February 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    I'm not 100% sure. He's never fully explained the details to me, he just says he likes counting in base 12. He uses clocks a lot as an example.

    I think he uses dec, el, though. I know he doesn't use A, B, having checked the wiki page. Mostly he does fractions. So many fractions! :D

  4. Jim Hanson February 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

    I like dec or deca, but "el" bothers the crap out of me because we still have an actual eleven in Base 12 (just where 13 is in Base 10).  That also means that at ε1 would be pronounced elteen and ε11 would be eleleven.

    I have other logistical concerns… like the upside-down-two that a lot of people use for dec is great… but how would you display that on a calculator?

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