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Apr
25
comment Does 17% have to be equal to 0.17?
@user88595: actually... the friend is right (0.17% of something is NOT always equal to 0.17, except for something=1) ... so the one you are trying to convince is the OP, Jonathan, not his friend (as you can see from his first comment on your post, Jonathan wants 17% to equal 17/100, "always" apparently)
Nov
8
comment What are some examples of notation that really improved mathematics?
@Dan: good points about divisors. However for your last point: Fibonnacci's notation straight-away tells it's a sexagesimal number [even many years later], whereas your alternative doesn't
Nov
6
comment Is math built on assumptions?
and, given a few assumptions, many, many, many, many things are after that constructed/proved. Assumptions are just a tiny part of maths.
May
14
comment Why do the French count so strangely?
@hang-pan: then I believe chinese counts as : "one ... nine, ten, ten one, ten two, ... ten nine, 2 ten, 2 ten one, 2 ten two, ....... 9 ten 9, hundred, hundred one, .... hundred nine, hundred ten one, .... ? seems faily regular (but not easy to read/write ^^)
May
14
comment Why do the French count so strangely?
@AndreaMori maybe because, as in most societies I guess, zero is quite an advanced concept, so it came later and all the "simple" ideograms were already used?
Jan
29
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