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face BY : Russell McMahon email (remove spam text)

> using 0 to represent nothing?  Can you think of a better way?  How would
> do it? :-)

The Romans never worked out the advantages of doing it at all !!!
Hence their arcane numbering scheme.

> how do u get eleven?
> 00 01 10 11
> I get three
> unless you count 00 as nothing

Three IS eleven in base 2.
Or, should that be, eleven is three in base 2?
Or .........

Lessee -
nought, one, ten, eleven, one hundred, one hundred and one, one hundred and
ten, one hundred and eleven, one thousand, ... .

Of course, it may well be argued that the NAMES of the whole powers of the
base in the decimal based system implicitly specify the base.



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