- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Red Anemone Books (December 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983188815
- ISBN-13: 978-0983188810
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,187,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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S3 The Smith Sexagesimal System: Using Base-60 to Increase Arithmetic Intelligence Paperback – December 5, 2011
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About the Author
Jean-Michel Smith was born in Palo Alto, California, but lived many years in Chicago, which he considers his home town. After pursuing degrees in physics and engineering, he ultimately chose computer science and graduated with a BS from the University of Illinois, College of Engineering. After completing the course work for his masters degree at Illinois State University, he embarked on a career as a systems engineer and enterprise architect. His work has taken him to many countries across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Published in France, his essays on free culture and collaborative endeavor appear in LOGS: micro-fondements d'emancipation sociale et artistique. His science fiction novel Autonomy will be available in the spring of 2012. He is married to author Christine Todd and lives in New York. Visit his websites at jean-michel.eu and autonomyseries.com.
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My only criticism of the book is that there is little mention of how to handle sexagesimal as a number base. The system is complete, and conversion from decimal is mentioned, but there are a few tricks one could use to make this system a reality and I was hoping to find more by purchasing this book. Sexagesimal would probably never be used by the general public, but for niche users who want to push their arithmetic intelligence to the limit I think it's actually viable.
For the benefit of any seekers of such strategies, I've come across this which might be helpful: http://www.vincico.com/arqam/RDM2007.pdf
EDIT: On second thought, I'm bumping this up from 4 to 5 stars. The system is just that neat.