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2014-01-10 10:07:20 PM
Come on, James Franco!
 
2014-01-10 10:10:48 PM
Multiplying 2,300 times what?
 
2014-01-10 10:32:58 PM
It's a lot harder keeping them from multiplying
 
2014-01-10 10:51:03 PM
So did the Egyptians. Big deal.
 
2014-01-10 10:56:15 PM
Anybody else read that as "multiplayer" and assume the article was something about gold farming/mining?
 
2014-01-10 10:57:03 PM
I can see the value.  If multiplying in the Chinese number system is as close to a pain in the ass as it is to do in Roman numerals.  Adding in Roman numerals is pretty damned easy though.  Easier than in ours, as long as you are careful in your copying.
 
2014-01-10 11:07:33 PM
The didn't develop the one multiplication policy until much later.
 
2014-01-10 11:20:01 PM
So were rabbits, what's your point subby?
 
2014-01-10 11:38:08 PM

Running a-puck: I can see the value.  If multiplying in the Chinese number system is as close to a pain in the ass as it is to do in Roman numerals.  Adding in Roman numerals is pretty damned easy though.  Easier than in ours, as long as you are careful in your copying.


Chinese is pretty logical. You have the numbers 1-10, and then you have words that tell the value. So like, 245, you'd literally say "2 hundred 4 ten 5."
 
2014-01-10 11:43:26 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Running a-puck: I can see the value.  If multiplying in the Chinese number system is as close to a pain in the ass as it is to do in Roman numerals.  Adding in Roman numerals is pretty damned easy though.  Easier than in ours, as long as you are careful in your copying.

Chinese is pretty logical. You have the numbers 1-10, and then you have words that tell the value. So like, 245, you'd literally say "2 hundred 4 ten 5."


You do realize that we do the same thing, right?  We just have special endings for the tens place whenever it shows up.

You should hear how the French count.
 
2014-01-10 11:53:42 PM

LrdPhoenix: You do realize that we do the same thing, right? We just have special endings for the tens place whenever it shows up.


I know, and I speak French. I was just answering his question about how Chinese numerals work, which yeah, is pretty close to our system.
 
2014-01-11 12:09:36 AM
LrdPhoenix
 2014-01-10 11:43:26 PM

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich Running a-puck: I can see the value.  If multiplying in the Chinese number system is as close to a pain in the ass as it is to do in Roman numerals.  Adding in Roman numerals is pretty damned easy though.  Easier than in ours, as long as you are careful in your copying.

Chinese is pretty logical. You have the numbers 1-10, and then you have words that tell the value. So like, 245, you'd literally say "2 hundred 4 ten 5."

You do realize that we do the same thing, right

Eleven, twelve, and the teens would like a word with you. Ten-one, ten-two, and ten-three do not exist.
 
2014-01-11 02:38:03 AM
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2014-01-11 09:37:47 AM
Yes, but did they use limits...like now?
 
2014-01-11 10:23:44 AM
So... basically at the same time as the second Greek math system was doing the same thing, huh?  The Attic system, not the Minoan one (Minoan was earlier).

Kinda neat that they were that contemporary, I guess it confirms that there was a lot of east-west contact at that point.

Kevin72: Eleven, twelve, and the teens would like a word with you. Ten-one, ten-two, and ten-three do not exist.


To turn it back around, you do realize that "thirteen" is literally just an alternate pronunciation of "three ten" and the same goes for the other "teens", yeah?

The only outliers are eleven and twelve, the teens fit right into the system (once you account for English not really giving a shiat about word order in lists).  And eleven and twelve are probably because there was a competing base-twelve system in English at one point, the two irregular number-names and "dozen" and "gross" being the last relics of its existence.
 
2014-01-11 11:01:53 AM
And this was not long after ancient Chinese astronomers and historians reported the arrival of "large, glowing orbs from the sky."  Which is a rough translation of the ancient texts, and yet...

/sorry - couldn't help it

//slaps own back-of-hand for typing it
 
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