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There are only two languages (I'm told) whose "letters" also have
explicit numeric values. One is Hebrew, where every letter of the
alephbeth has a distinct numerical value, as do the punctuation marks.
The other is Latin, where only 6 of the characters also have explicit
numerical values. We are used to these in the form of "Roman numerals"
I = 1, V = 5, X = 10 etc.

When you sum the 6 Roman letters that have numeric values, what value
do you get numerically, base 10?

:-)

Did you know this? I didn't.

Russell

Russell,

On Sun, 08 Jul 2007 01:37:57 +1200, Russell McMahon wrote:

>...
> The other is Latin, where only 6 of the characters also have explicit
> numerical values. We are used to these in the form of "Roman numerals"
> I = 1, V = 5, X = 10 etc.
>
> When you sum the 6 Roman letters that have numeric values, what value
> do you get numerically, base 10?

Well I make it 7 Roman numerals:

I = 1
V = 5
X = 10
L = 50
C = 100
D = 500
M = 1000

So I make that 1666 !  I'm sure you didn't mean it was significant for being the year of the Great Fire of London... did you forget M?

Cheers,

Howard Winter
St.Albans, England

Russell McMahon wrote:

> When you sum the 6 Roman letters that have numeric values, what value
> do you get numerically, base 10?

Which six letters do you mean? There are more than six, so selecting any
six of them for a given outcome is driven by the intent to make a statement
-- which IMO loses a bit due to the arbitrariness of the selection.

If you sum all seven, you get 1666. If you also use the letter variations,
you get 1666666. I didn't know that before, but I don't feel any smarter
now that I know it :)

Gerhard

> I = 1
> V = 5
> X = 10
> L = 50
> C = 100
> D = 500
> M = 1000
>
> So I make that 1666 !

Overscore V to M = * 1,000 -> 1,665,000

Underscore V to M = * 1,000,000 -> 1,665,000,000

-> 1,666,666,666

Not sure that distraction helped sort out this ADC scaling
routine one tiny bit, but good excuse for a cuppa

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