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The decimal system, as applied to weights, measures, and money

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Mercer, Rev. (1903) The decimal system, as applied to weights, measures, and money. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. xx-xxv.

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Abstract

The basis of our accepted scale of notation is the
number ten. We derive it from the
Arabs. It is not the only basis, for,
apart from theoretical system of numeration,
we find in our English tables of
weights, measures, and coins, distinct applications
of binary, duodecimal, and
vigesimal factors. But the decimal basis
is paramount, and governs not only the
writing, but the language, of number. When we come to divide the
unit we may resort to fractions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: xx-xxv
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2013 23:19
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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