
10 Mar 2007, 23:03  #1 (permalink) 
Shas'La
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Tau Numerals
Does anyone have any idea what these look like? Specifically the ones for 6 and 4.
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11 Mar 2007, 05:26  #2 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
here you go, please note there is no 8 or 9
Thanks, Amaliel.  Khanaris
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11 Mar 2007, 06:17  #3 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
Tau seem to use a base 8 numbering system, so this makes sense. It makes it a little confusing as to how they would represent the "8" in XV88, since a base8 systems needs two characters for that.

11 Mar 2007, 06:29  #4 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
Wouldn't that be XV103?

11 Mar 2007, 06:55  #5 (permalink)  
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Re: Tau Numerals
Why assume that the Tau's "10" would be where our 8 is. Why not make it the "9" instead. I do not understand why people developed the Base 10 system instead of base 11. I mean we have 10 fingers/toes, so it makes more sense to me to have the numbers repeat after that.
And, making the Tau base9 would allow 8 to be the largest number without having to start with 1 and a placeholder. Is there any definitive fluff on the matter though? If there is, totally and completely disregard my (hopefully) logical advice, as it would be totally wrong=)
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11 Mar 2007, 09:33  #6 (permalink) 
Shas'La
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Re: Tau Numerals
Yay a reply at last, thank you very much
Any chance anyone knows how to spell them out in words?
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11 Mar 2007, 09:39  #7 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
These are literal translations from english to tau. For example, the tau number one could be pronounced/spelled BLEH for all we know.
oh and there is no letter z for tau so ya... zero
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11 Mar 2007, 09:49  #8 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
I see, thank you very kindly
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11 Mar 2007, 14:22  #9 (permalink) 
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Re: Tau Numerals
Just to add my thoughts...
Our 'Base 10' system works on numbers going from zero to nine hence 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Thats because the value 'zero' is only a place value not an individual number. Oddly this doesn't seem to apply to Tau numbers. In the picture above the value '8' in Tau was represented as a dot and a line. So really its not quite what it seems. I am assuming that the Tau understand the concept of 'zero' and have a place value system. Dotcircel=0 vertical line=1 'n' shape =2 Backwards 'c' =3 square 's' = 4 'h' shape=5 'L' shape=6 backwards 'F'=7 then '8' is Vertical line + dotcircle, if we follow our place value syntax Take 64 that would be double vertical line + dotcircle, 72 vertical line + 'n' shape + dotcircle, 80 vertical line + backwards 'c' + dotcircle, 88 vertical line + square 's' + dotcircle. Like our maths at each power of the base number a new place value dotcircle is added, but the numbers before change again. OR The system could work on each set of 8 being followed by the place value dotcircle. However this would result in very large numbers very quickly and would be just as inefficient in decimal form as well. EDIT: If confused consider it in our numbers 8='1''0' 16='2''0' 24='3''0' 32='4''0' 40='5''0' 48='6''0' 56='7''0' 64='8''0' 72='1''1''0' 80='1''2''0' 90='1''3''0' 100='1''4''0. Just for fun; 93= '1''3''3'' Genmotty
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