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You are not logged in. #2 20060208 12:25:03
Re: Number SystemsIf you're just talking about bases, you can base a number system on any arbitrary base you want. It just depends on what's convenient for you. Computers use base2 not because it's awesome, but because they don't have much of a choice considering they only have two states. (Whoever thought up binary and applied it to computers was a genius...) El que pega primero pega dos veces. #3 20060208 12:35:01
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It came naturally because transistors only have two states. "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." #4 20060209 09:35:33
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Clocks seem to cope well enough. Why did the vector cross the road? It wanted to be normal. #6 20060213 19:09:43
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its not about transistors, its about charge in magnetic tape, there millions of seperate magnetic bits on a tape and the point either north or south, north being 0 south being 1. And its read by the computer. Last edited by Zmurf (20060213 19:12:01) "When subtracted from 180, the sum of the squareroot of the two equal angles of an isocoles triangle squared will give the squareroot of the remaining angle squared." #7 20060213 19:25:33
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Imperial: 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard, 6 feet in a fathom, 660 feet in a furlong, 5280 feet in a mile (6080 in a nautical mile), not to mention pints, gallons, quarts, pecks, bushels, roods, poles, perches et al. "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #8 20060213 19:28:06
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Genius! I never thought of a negative base. "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #9 20060213 20:12:40
Re: Number Systemswots the difference between base 2 and base 2, bar the 1*(02)^1 its identical because 1*(2)^2 = 4 just like 1*(2)^2, is there sumthin' im missing? "When subtracted from 180, the sum of the squareroot of the two equal angles of an isocoles triangle squared will give the squareroot of the remaining angle squared." #10 20060213 22:40:49
Re: Number SystemsEvery odd power ends up negative ... ! So 1*(2)^1 + 1*(2)^2 + 1*(2)^5 + 1*(2)^6 = 2 + 4 32 + 64 = 34 "The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  Leon M. Lederman #12 20060214 07:24:02
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You are talking about rom. The first computers didn't even have rom, all they had was ram, which was not in the form of magnetic tape. Last edited by Ricky (20060214 07:24:35) "In the real world, this would be a problem. But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist. So we'll go ahead and do that now..." 