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Response to DetlefK (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 08:43 AM

27. Nope

Yes, there is a reason why ancient middle-eastern cultures preferred numbers like 4, 7, 12, 60... The reasons are numerology and astrology.


I mean, yeah, there were those influences. But the truth is that numbers like 12 influenced numerology because of their obvious utility. 12 is a highly divisible number. 2,3,4, and 6 can all divide 12 evenly. 10, not so much. When you're selling eggs, a dozen becomes a useful quantity.

The clear advantage of the metric system is its clear definitions. But the truth is, most people don't have much of a need for that feature. The order of magnitude relationship is cute, but not all the useful. One should always work in a single, consistent set of units. If on is going to work in meters, stick to meters. Too many errors and misunderstandings evolve from switching units.

And one will not find alot of physical constants or features in the world that are clear order of magnitude functions, or evenly divisible by 10. Pi, e, gravity, light years, Avogadro's constant, etc. are all very important numbers and none are evenly divisible by 10. Some are even "irrational" numbers.

The world is constantly inventing new units for their utility, and they rarely fit neatly into the metric system. conversely, they constantly invent new ones because the metric system frequently does not serve them well.

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