60 base number system
Base systems like binary and hexadecimal seem a bit strange at first. The key is understanding how different systems tick over like an odometer when they are full. Base 10, our decimal system, ticks over when it gets 10 items, creating a new digit. We wait 60 seconds before tickingJan 14, 1995 Why Base 60 for a Number System? Date: 15 Jan 1995 20: 13: 12 0500 From: Roy P. Sachs Subject: What were they thinking? I recently sent you a question regarding the origin of the concept of a circle containing 360 degrees. Your answer has led to another question. 60 base number system
Sexagesimal (base 60) is a numeral system with sixty as its base. It originated with the ancient Sumerians in the 3rd millennium BC, was passed down to the ancient Babylonians, and is still usedin a modified formfor measuring time, angles, and geographic coordinates.