



 
Nick, There is a base 60 system that we use every day, though the fact is not often noticed: We count in hours of 60 minutes of 60 seconds, which is the Babylonian base 60 version of the metric system with kilometers of 1000 meters of 1000 milimeters. At the time of the French revolution, there was an attempt to introduce "hours'' of 100 "minutes'' of 100 "seconds'', but people never got used to it, so the system was abandoned. However when we divided the second in smaller parts, we didn't stick to the base 60 system, but used our familiar base ten: Instead of sixtieths of seconds, you'll see tenths, hundredths of seconds in the Olympics, and nanoseconds in physics. Just like the Babylonian kept the old system of dividing the night and day in parts of 12 hours each when they introduces their minutes and seconds. How does that answer your question?
Claude
 


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