Thursday Throughput: TYC 7037-89-1, or Six Star Edition

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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6 Responses

  1. Michael Cain says:

    ThTh3: Now let’s see how long division by hand works…Report

    • Oscar Gordon in reply to Michael Cain says:

      Hell, just learning the system will take a bit.Report

      • Kolohe in reply to Oscar Gordon says:

        It’s straightforward in the sense that upper right is 1’s place, upper left is 10’s place, lower right is hundred’s place, and lower left is thousand’s place.Report

        • Kolohe in reply to Kolohe says:

          What’s arbitrary (from what I can tell so far) are the symbols you can join together and the addition works (1+4, 1+6, 1+8, 2+7, for example) and most of the rest (looking at you, 3) where it does not.

          But still, probably an improvement over Roman numerals. ‘Arabic’ numbers hadn’t quite caught on when the monks did this, if I’m reading the internet correctly.Report

    • Brandon Berg in reply to Michael Cain says:

      It’s not really one character so much as a ligature of four characters rotated around a central axis.Report

  2. fillyjonk says:

    ThTh8: Congrats. I am greatly relieved to learn my mom (who is in her early 80s) got an appointment time on Friday to get her first dose. It was really hard to score an appointment in Illinois but between her efforts, my efforts, and a neighbor (who has already been vaccinated because of her work) helping out, she got a slot

    here’s hoping the rest of us don’t have to wait that much longer.Report