From: "Simon Bowring"
Subject: Re: Decimial has set progress back -> Help spread the use of Hex!
Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2003 12:43:44 +0000 (GMT)
Organization: MPC Data Limited
Reply-To: "Simon Bowring"
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On 7 Jan 2003 02:22:36 -0800, James Llort wrote...
What I assume (hopefully?) must have been a "troll" (or else an
insane idea!)? Also there's no need to cross-post to irrelevent
We only use hex and octal numbers in the first place because they
1) Closest to radix 10 that we all know (and "love") AND
2) They can represent binary numbers efficiently and exactly (and
digital computers work in binary)!!
>Why don't people use hex in everyday math? Logically it makes more
Why? It most certainly DOES NOT make any more sense than any other
base! And to get all of human societies to change the habits traditions
and historical math and scientific papers of generations for no good
reason and no benefit whatsoever is not a good plan, neither is it even
Maths is baseless, you can do maths in any base - computers work in
*binary* so hex (or any non-zero power of 2 radix) is efficent and
at representing binary numbers *exactly*. There's no reason to extend
this to non-binary maths!
If there are any "natural" numerical base systems in the universe,
then they are not binary, octal, decimal, hex or whatever, but
possibly might use "prime" radices or use e etc etc - certainly
not convenient for us or computers to use!