"We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." - (Thomas Alva Edison)
The** Maya **lived long ago in southern Mexico and Guatemala. Ancient records suggest they were active and productive over 5,000 years ago. While we use a base 10 number system, the Maya people used base 20. Our number 43, for instance, means 4(10) + 5(1). Using our digits in the Mayan system, the number 43 would be written as 23, meaning 2(20) + 3(1). The Maya devised an accurate calendar that had 18 months of 20 days each, plus 5 additional days, to make 365 days.
If you think about it, our number system creates numbers using the symbols (digits)
0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
If you had a base 20 system, you would need 20 symbols, since our numbers 10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19 would need to be represented by a symbol. While the Mayans didn't use these symbols, a base 20 system could be
0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j
In this system, our number 312, which is (15)(**20**) + 12, could be written ec |
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Answer: He sat down for a spell.
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