Binary number


Binary number

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz mathematics

Binary number

Yin & yang

Location arithmetic


The Sexagesimal numeral system gives us our hours, minutes, and seconds. Yuki octal numbers came about from counting, instead of the fingers themselves, the spaces between the fingers, perhaps because the spaces resembled containers better. There is nothing inherently advantageous about decimal numbers. Computer systems use binary (because a switch may be only on or off), and computer programmers use octal and hexadecimal as logical groupings for binary code, which work because 8 and 16 are powers of 2.

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