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Questions One Rarely Thinks To Ask [Nov. 27th, 2018|10:45 am]
Tony Grist
60 seconds to a minute, 60 minutes to an hour, 24 hours to a day, seven days to a week...

Who came up with these numbers and why? There seems a certain randomness to them. And if they're not random what system is being followed- is it logical, esoteric or attuned to some natural pulse? I note that everything is in sixes until we come to the days the week. So why not 6 days to a week- or 12?

Maths was never my strong point- and it's possible I'm missing something obvious...

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-11-27 11:22 am (UTC)
I think they figured this out somehow in ancient times.
See - some also tried to apply a 10-day-week in the meantime at a few points in time, and somehow it didn't work out.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-27 11:54 am (UTC)
I believe nature tends to work in twelves rather than tens.
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[User Picture]From: dadi
2018-11-27 12:03 pm (UTC)
If I remember my history lessons right, it was the Babylonians who invented that way of counting time. 12 and 5 were sacred for them and 60 is the product of those two.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-27 12:19 pm (UTC)
That makes sense to me.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-11-28 12:04 am (UTC)
Also, note that the Earth spins around its axis roughly every 24 hours, which numerically is divisible by 12. The natural world is hardly metric.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-11-28 08:40 am (UTC)
But it was our choice to divide the day into 24 units. We could have had any number we wanted.
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