The answer is, and has always been, 42.]]>

aginor wrote:i have seen stranger pools |

I was too lazy to find the links but I remember pitting the letters A and O against each other and also asking who would win a fight between a bear and octopus.

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refugee wrote:Hey, this is a poll! You forget to vote! Sorry, I forgot to vote myself. I pick 147, not because it’s more "progressive" but because it’s more unusual. And because 169 is in the lead right now. |

I voted 169 because base 8 is silly.

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sleeper wrote:Interesting, I always thought the Babylonians used a base 12 system. |

As far as I know they never used a 12, the Sumerians handed the system down to them when the Babylonians came into prominence. I'm not sure if eventually that was phased out for a base 12, but that seems unlikely.

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Equality 7-2521 wrote:
The best example is probably a sexagesimal (60) system which we adopted from the Babylonians. You see remenints of it in our clocks and our measurement of angles. Though, our modernization of it still uses the arabic basic 10 system so it is not truly sexagesimal. |

Interesting, I always thought the Babylonians used a base 12 system.

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Hey, this is a poll! You forget to vote!

Sorry, I forgot to vote myself. I pick 147, not because it’s more "progressive" but because it’s more unusual. And because 169 is in the lead right now.

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Hexadecimal is the largest base I've seen in real world applications.]]>

Snow Dog wrote:You must have. Surely you have heard of binary? Which is base 2. I think. You can have a system of any base including letters. |

You can. A base "n" system merely is a way of writing a number so that the digits read from right to left correspond to increasingly higher powers of your base.

For example, in base "n",

tuvwxyz

just corresponds to the number

t*(n^6)+u*(n^5)+v*(n^4)+w*(n^3)+x*(n^2)+y*(n)+z

The only problem is that you need n unique digits for the representation. Even using our alphabet, we only get 36 and that is still actually very unnatural to use. I only see really high order bases in mathematical proofs. I am not sure of any real application of them.

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TheGazzardian wrote:Then there are bases greater than 10, like hexadecimal (base 16), where 9 + 1 = A. |

The best example is probably a sexagesimal (60) system which we adopted from the Babylonians. You see remenints of it in our clocks and our measurement of angles. Though, our modernization of it still uses the arabic basic 10 system so it is not truly sexagesimal.

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