Philip Ronald Dutton
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Visualizing Babylonian numbers
If one considers the babylonian number system transformed to use digits 09 and to use pairs of such digits (to represent the pairing notion of their 2 symbols) then one might express such Babylonian numbers as follows (informally):
Notes: the least significant pair would be at the right; I am using a psuedo perllike regular expression code:
(([05],[19]))*
The digit 0 represents that nothing was written down in that "spot."
If one enumerated the first 20,000 sets of pairs and converted the sets of pairs to binary number strings, and finally concatenated all these strings, and then moving on to the next number on the number line, then it would be interesting to compare to the visualization in the NKS book on page 117.
http://www.wolframscience.com/nksonline/page117
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