WTF Fun Fact – Mathematics Of Babylonians

Ancient Babylonians used a sexagesimal (base-60) positional number system instead of base-10. That’s why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle. – WTF Fun Facts

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_cuneiform_numerals

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3 thoughts on “WTF Fun Fact – Mathematics Of Babylonians”

  1. This portion is false. “That’s why we have 60 seconds in a minute and 360 degrees in a circle.” We have 60 seconds and 360 due to the Earth’s relation to the sun which gives us 365 days a year. This a division of six. This might be why Babylonian had such number system but making the connection of the last statement is false. Wiki has this one wrong.

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