video of the week: powers of ten

Most people I know will have already become acquainted with my hatred of the number 10. Through an accident of history (or maybe biology) we have a decimal based mathematics. This need not have been the case; base six is much easier to use, and was used in other cultures before. But now that we, everyone, everywhere, have base 10 (decimal) systems, we all think there is some kind of galactic covenant to be found in the number 10. Once again we formalize our lack of imaginations, and move away from understanding, with the anointment of another sacrosanct paradigm.
But, this video, and the point it makes, rules! The point also applies to any number system of any base.


~ by maoctopus on February 5, 2011.

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