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Ask Marilyn: Would Math Be Different If We Had Eight Fingers?
Rensie Cavanaugh of Greenbrier, Arkansas, writes:
Marilyn: If man had eight fingers instead of ten, would our math be different? If so, is there any way to calculate what that math would be like?
Everyday math is based on the number 10, but many bases are possible. Computers, for example, use a base of 2—called "binary." A brief description of base 8 can be found here.