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Old 10 Mar 2007, 23:03   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any idea what these look like? Specifically the ones for 6 and 4.
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Old 11 Mar 2007, 05:26   #2 (permalink)
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here you go, please note there is no 8 or 9




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Old 11 Mar 2007, 06:17   #3 (permalink)
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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 XV-88, since a base-8 systems needs two characters for that.
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Old 11 Mar 2007, 06:29   #4 (permalink)
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Wouldn't that be XV-103?
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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 base-9 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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Old 11 Mar 2007, 09:33   #6 (permalink)
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Yay a reply at last, thank you very much

Any chance anyone knows how to spell them out in words?
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Old 11 Mar 2007, 09:39   #7 (permalink)
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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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Old 11 Mar 2007, 09:49   #8 (permalink)
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I see, thank you very kindly
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Old 11 Mar 2007, 14:22   #9 (permalink)
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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.

Dot-circel=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 + dot-circle, if we follow our place value syntax

Take 64 that would be double vertical line + dot-circle, 72 vertical line + 'n' shape + dot-circle, 80 vertical line + backwards 'c' + dot-circle, 88 vertical line + square 's' + dot-circle.

Like our maths at each power of the base number a new place value dot-circle is added, but the numbers before change again.

OR

The system could work on each set of 8 being followed by the place value dot-circle. 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''

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