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Offline PatMan33

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #105 on: May 20, 2007, 07:37:07 am »
I'm no math wizard so the U.S. customary units drive me nuts.

However whenever I'm in science I always do great at the math! I mean come on, it's multiples of ten.



Multiples of twelve? Who in the hell thought that was a good idea?

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #106 on: May 20, 2007, 07:52:09 am »
A guy with six fingers on each hand.

Its interesting that our entire capacity for mathematics is defined by the number of fingers nature bestowed upon us. Its been hypothesised that if we had evolved 8 fingers or 16 then we would use an octal number system and consequently have a better understanding of binary logic and hexidecimal, which would potentially have lead to artificial computers being invented earlier in our history.
Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #107 on: May 20, 2007, 07:54:28 am »
Haha! That's a cool theory.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #108 on: May 20, 2007, 07:54:37 am »
I wonder whether that would have been viable from an evolutionary perspective.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #109 on: May 20, 2007, 08:00:35 am »
I don't think there's any huge reason why it shouldn't have been. Its basically just an accident that our ancestors had five digits on each hand. I think you could quite easily do away with the pinky finger without impairing the ability of anything to function reasonably well.
Although, given the relative ease at which new digits can arise through mutation perhaps 5 is an optimum number to have and all other 'experiments' into numbers of fingers failed and were discarded by nature.
Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #110 on: May 20, 2007, 09:32:40 am »
Artificial computers were probably more restricted by technology than the number of fingers on our hands. I admit I've wanted to try experimenting by raising kids on octal, though.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #111 on: May 20, 2007, 09:34:31 am »
Ahhh, yes. Expirimenting on our children. Always a great pastime.  :)

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #112 on: May 20, 2007, 11:05:43 am »
their ya go patman,

we say Maths, you say Math.

" I've got to get to Math class!" would be American,

we would say " I've got to get to Maths!"
Never mind your own business.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #113 on: May 20, 2007, 11:07:01 am »
That's news to me!

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #114 on: May 20, 2007, 11:08:27 am »
their are so many tiny differences that its rediculous,

why has it changed so much anyway?
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #115 on: May 20, 2007, 11:09:15 am »
I blame the Atlantic Ocean.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #116 on: May 20, 2007, 11:10:08 am »
Wouldn't "Maths" be the correct way of saying it? "Mathematics"

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #117 on: May 20, 2007, 11:12:49 am »
*blank look*
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #118 on: May 20, 2007, 11:29:07 am »
Well, math is just an abbreviation for mathematics, so math(ematics) still makes perfect sense. Just because a word ends in an s doesn't mean the abbreviation needs to. In other words, it really doesn't matter how you say it, they both make sense in their own way.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #119 on: May 20, 2007, 06:34:10 pm »
A guy with six fingers on each hand.

Its interesting that our entire capacity for mathematics is defined by the number of fingers nature bestowed upon us. Its been hypothesised that if we had evolved 8 fingers or 16 then we would use an octal number system and consequently have a better understanding of binary logic and hexidecimal, which would potentially have lead to artificial computers being invented earlier in our history.

I'm glad I'm not the only person who has spent time contemplating this.