Counting by 10s vs. 20s

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 23 14:51:52 UTC 2013

To me, the interesting question is why any move to a system based on 20
took place when the Romans did not use one. What caused the change?


On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:

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> JB: <<Did  European serfs of colder Northern Europe wear shoes,
> while the peasants of warmer Southern Europe went barefoot?>>
> WB:  And Honest Abe kept score on fingers & toes. Too simple an
> explanation. Must get social scientists to amass data, organized into
> volumes of biometrical tables verified by ANOVA. Only then will everyone
> forget what the question was and the problem goes away.
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