4:00 P.M., April 29, 1999
IF 111 + 110 = 1101
DO 7 + 6 = 15 ?
by Harley E. Tillitt
Assembly Room, A. K. Smiley Public Library
Summary
In our daytoday lives we encounter many situations
in which we make comparisons such as the prices of competitive items in the grocery store,
the time of day relative to the time remaining before an appointment, the length and
weight of a newborn child, the street address of a person we are trying to locate, or the
rate of interest on a bank account.
These and many others are "measured" by means of a specific
numerical system which we started to learn when we were children.
But are there other numerical systems than the one we regularly use?
This paper considers that question.
Biography
Harley Tillitt is a native of the village of Del Rosa, California
located in what is now the North East part of San Bernardino. He attended Del Rosa Grammar
school, which was on the same site as the school in which his parents, in about 1900, met
in the first grade. He attended Highland Junior High School, and was graduated from San
Bernardino High School, the University of Redlands, and the Claremont Graduate School.In 1938 he was married to Sylvia Jewel Payne. There were two children,
Jay Lanning and Kay Lynn.After five years in the California Public School System he became
involved with the Manhattan Project [ABomb] at the University of California, Berkeley,
and at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After War II he was employed by the U.S. Navy, in the
Mathematics Division of its largest laboratory, then known as the Naval Ordnance Test
Station, at China Lake, California, with the responsibility to establish a center for
scientific and technical computation. In 1971, "on loan from China Lake", he
became a part of the Headquarters Staff of the Navy Material Command, located in
Arlington, Virginia. He was involved with the acquisition and dissemination of information
related to the Navy's Research and Development programs.He has given papers on computerrelated topics both in the United
States and abroad.
He retired in 1975. He was widowed in 1994. In 1996 he married his high
school sweetheart, Frances Lucille Hunting Bryan. Frances passed away in 1996.
If: 111 + 110 = 1101
Do: 7 + 6 = 15?
by Harley E. Tillitt
Of course the answer is yes. But it may take a bit of explanation to be
convincing. Instead of using slides to display certain topics, there are several
insertions of TABLES and references to APPENDICES.
It was in the late fifties or early sixties that an organization known
as the School Mathematics Study Group was formed at Yale University. It became known as
SMSG and later moved to Stanford University.
Its purpose was to suggest and encourage ways to modify the teaching of
arithmetic and mathematics in the schools of America. One outgrowth of these efforts
became known as the New Math. In many ways it did not have the results which were hoped
for because it was difficult to motivate, and hence educate, teachers to get involved with
the new concepts.
There were important objectives associated with these efforts among
them being what might be called the development of fundamental concepts for students which
were beyond the memorization of arithmetic facts such as the multiplication tables
One of these socalled fundamentals was the understanding of what is
meant by the concept of "number" as distinct from the concept of
"numeral."
Related to this is the idea of counting. That is, just what is the
background for saying one, two, three, four, and so on, which parents are so often proud
to hear their children reciting, and exclaim "Johnny can count to eight now."
Of course Johnny can learn to say the words one, two, three, and so on,
up to eight, but what, if anything is going on in his mind as he says it? Is there any
perception of quantity or magnitude associated with the words? Does the word "eight" convey to him that there is a difference, perhaps in size, between the
words "seven" and "eight" beyond the parental admonition that one of
them follows the other as he "counts" for them and receives their praise? So,
just what is "number" and "counting?"
Chapter I of the book entitled Elementary Number Theory, by
Uspensky and Heaslet, published by McGraw Hill in 1939 included the following paragraphs,
without citation:
The theory of numbers, also called higher
arithmetic, is concerned, at least in its elementary parts, with the properties of whole
numbers or integers. As an established discipline it is one of the youngest, yet its roots
go deep into history.
The notion of the whole number as an aggregate of
units is so primitive that it is hardly possible to imagine human beings who do not
possess it in the form of counting, at least within a limited range. As far back as any
records can be found, mankind possessed adequate methods for keeping a tally of things,
while our knowledge of ancient civilizations reveals an already highly developed art of
denoting and operating on numbers as far back as 3500 BC and earlier.
The needs of everyday life were primarily
responsible for the rise of practical arithmetic. On the higher level of civilization when
urgent needs were satisfied and opportunity and leisure were available to ponder about
things, numbers in themselves began to attract attention. Peculiarities of individual
numbers or classes of numbers began to be observed. But such speculations on numbers, far
from being a real study of their properties, developed at first into a peculiar number
mysticism among ancient civilized peoples. Such numbers at 3 and 7 were accepted as omens
of good luck.
So ends the partial quotation from the book. The point to emphasize,
from my point of view, is that of dealing with a unit, that is, a single thing. Are we
able to think first of one thing, then another, then another and finally conceptualize one
more thing which somehow conveys to us the collection of all of the single ones? Is this
called counting?
Because of our lifetime of experience we might be inclined to say 1 + 1
+ 1 = 3. But these are merely numerals used to name the several units and their
combination.
Let’s reconsider Uspensky’s and Haslet’s suggestion and
go back for a few thousand years to investigate a hypothetical situation having to do with
all of this.
The story starts long ago when people, in some regions, lived in caves.
In this case there were two families. Since there are no records of these hypothetical
families they will be referred to as the Easts and the Wests. That is because their caves
were on the east and west sides of a large river.
They had never talked with each other because the river was too wide
and fast for them to cross. But they had many habits and customs in common.
In both cases the men of the two families spent a great deal of time
hunting animals for food. After each successful hunting trip each man made a mark on the
wall of his respective cave. There was no special reason for doing this. It was simply a
tabulation of their successes. In both cases a single mark was made for each success. In
time each wall had a long string of single marks extending from what we would call left to
right.
Then one day there was a massive earthquake. The whole region was
shaken. There was no harm done to the caves of the Easts and the Wests, but the river
separating them was diverted, some distance upstream, with the result that it became not
much more than a rivulet, with the water only about kneedeep.
In time the two families began to make contact with each other. Among
other things, the men began to discuss their hunting experiences, and were making
comparisons between their respective lines of markings on the walls of the caves.
Each was interested to find out which one had been the most successful.
But how could that be done? The marks were not the same size from day to day, and the
distance between successive marks varied considerably.
What would many centuries later become known as counting was not known
to them. But one day they did conceive an idea! It involved what would some day be known
as establishing onetoone correspondences. In modern terms this meant that they would,
in their case, go into the cave and place a finger on one of the marks, then the next
finger on the next mark and so on until all of the fingers were touching marks. They were
making onetoone correspondences between the fingers of the hands and the marks on the
cave wall. It was not counting.
To keep track of what they were doing, and looking forward to a later
comparison, they decided to put a pebble in a small pile every time the correspondences
were established for both hands. Then to make a comparison between the two caves all they
would have to do would be to establish the onetoone correspondences between the two
piles of pebbles.
They agreed to go back to their respective caves and begin the job of
building their piles of pebbles, and to meet again when each of them had finished his
work.
In time they met again at East’s cave. West brought his basket of
pebbles to make the comparison. The two piles looked something like the display in Table 1
below.
West's Pile of Pebbles 
East's Pile of Pebbles 
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The two men set to work making the onetoone correspondences between
their respective piles.
One East pebble was matched against one West pebble. Then another East
pebble was matched against West pebble. This was continued until there were no East
pebbles remaining, as shown in Table 2 below.
West's Pile 
matching 
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This seemed to show that West had been more successful in his hunting
trips than East had been in his, since West had some pebbles left over that East could not
match.
So the two men continued to discuss other things relative to their
hunting experiences and how they had kept track of their successes. During this discussion
West commented that when he had done his matching in his cave he did not use his thumbs
because he did not consider them to be fingers. The two of them had not mentioned the
possibility of this situation earlier. In response to this East expressed his opinion that
the two piles could not be compared to give a good idea of their respective hunting
successes.
West agreed. What to do now they wondered. They decided to return to
West’s cave and both start over on the same row of marks with each one using the same
method as he had used before. This was done for quite a few marks when it was clear that
West had put down more pebbles than East, although they were establishing onetoone
correspondences with the same group of marks. Table 3 below shows the results of their
efforts.
Marks on
Cave Wall 
Matched
by West 
Matched
by East 
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They discussed this situation and arrived at two conclusions: (1) That
while after each pebble was placed and they "started over" again with another
"double hands" worth of matching fingers (and/or thumbs) with marks, a
comparison could not be made unless both either used thumbs or did not use thumbs, and (2)
It did not matter, for the sake of comparison, whether or not thumbs were used, as long as
they both did the same thing.
They began to think of other ways to place pebbles. Suppose, they said,
they used only the fingers and thumb of one hand. Or perhaps use the fingers and thumbs of
both hands as well as the toes of both feet. They even went one step further to consider
using just the thumbs of both hands.
Table 4 below shows how they might match the marks with these new ways
of establishing onetoone correspondences. As has been seen, there can be many ways of
expressing the idea of number. Is one of these better than another?
Marks on
Cave Wall 
Matched by
One Hand 
Matched by
Hands & Feet 
Matched by
Thumbs Only 
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In time they thought it would be a good idea to make a special sign,
which we might call a numeral, for each of the correspondences to indicate which finger
was used for each mark. This is shown in Table 5 below along the left side of which are
shown the numerals they invented when using the "one hand" method.

O 
Start (No marks yet) 

/ 
Little finger, left hand 

+ 
Ring finger, left hand 

# 
Middle finger, left hand 

~ 
Index finger, left hand 
/ 
O 
Little finger, left hand mark at side & start over 
/ 
/ 
Little finger, left hand mark at side & little finger left hand 
/ 
+ 
Little finger, left hand mark at side & ring finger left hand 
/ 
# 
Little finger, left hand mark at side & middle finger left hand 
/ 
~ 
Little finger, left hand mark at side & index finger left hand 
+ 
O 
Ring finger, left hand mark at side and start over 
+ 
/ 
Ring finger, left hand mark at side and little finger left hand 
+ 
+ 
Ring finger, left hand mark at side and ring finger left hand 
+ 
# 
Ring finger, left hand mark at side and middle finger left hand 
+ 
~ 
Ring finger, left hand mark at side and index finger left hand 
# 
O 
Middle finger, left hand mark at side and start over 
# 
/ 
Middle finger, left hand mark at side and little finger left hand 
# 
+ 
Middle finger, left hand mark at side and ring finger left hand 
# 
# 
Middle finger, left hand mark at side and middle finger left hand 
# 
~ 
Middle finger, left hand mark at side and index finger left hand 
~ 
O 
Index finger, left hand mark at side and start over 
~ 
/ 
Index finger, left hand mark at side and little finger left hand 
~ 
+ 
Index finger, left hand mark at side and ring finger left hand 
~ 
# 
Index finger, left hand mark at side and middle finger left hand 
~ 
~ 
Index finger, left hand mark at side and index finger left hand 
/ O 
O 
Index finger, left hand two places to side and start over 
Table 6 below repeats the lefthand columns of the table above but also
shows, under the heading of BASE 5, some squiggly marks. By squiggly marks is meant
the numerals we see on these pages, and which we use every day. That is, what we call 1,
2, 3, 4, etc. It also shows, under BASE 10, our familiar counting system.
BASE 5
(Caveman) 

BASE 5
(Now) 

BASE 10
(Now) 

O 

0 
0 

0 
0 


O 

O 
1 

0 
1 

/ 

O 
2 

0 
2 

+ 

O 
3 

0 
3 

# 

O 
4 

0 
4 
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1 
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0 
5 
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1 
1 

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6 
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3 

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4 

1 
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1 
5 
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1 

1 
6 
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2 

1 
7 
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3 
3 

1 
8 
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4 

1 
9 
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4 
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2 
0 
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1 

2 
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4 
2 

2 
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4 
3 

2 
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4 
4 

2 
4 
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1 0 
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2 
5 
From most points of view the several ways are the same since each way,
although they may not look the same, can represent the same collection of units, which is
the same number.
The system we use from day to day has as many squiggly marks as we have
thumbs and fingers on both hands. This dictates how often the cycle of numerals repeats.
If the system used only as many marks as the fingers and thumb on one
hand the cycle would repeat more often. For example. as shown in table 6, counting to 20
in BASE 5 would be: 1,2,3,4,10,11,12,13,14, 20.
In sharp contrast, if the system used as many marks as all of the
appendages on both feet and both hands, the cycle would repeat much less often, but there
would be many more, and different, numerals required with which to become acquainted.
Unlike our daytoday system, which has what we now refer to as having
ten different marks before recycling, the bothhandsandbothfeet system would need what
we would now refer to as needing twenty different marks before recycling.
[APPENDICES I, II, and III, which follow, give some examples pertinent
to systems based on other than what we call ten, that is, the number of fingers and thumbs
on both hands.]
Accordingly, the greater the number of distinguishing numerals within a
system before recycling begins, the greater the complexity.
Likewise, the fewer the number of distinguishing marks, the less the
complexity becomes. This is very well illustrated in the technology of the modern digital
computer. In this field there are only two distinguishing numerals: 1 and 0 This is the
ultimate in simplicity although the recycling is done every other time.
The column with the heading BASE 2, in table 7, illustrates such
a system which is based upon the number of items corresponding to the thumbs on both
hands. Compare this with the righthand column of table 4 where the recycling is done for
every other item.
BASE 10 

BASE 8 

BASE 2 
1 

1 

1 
2 

2 

10 
3 

3 

11 
4 

4 

100 





5 

5 

101 
6 

6 

110 
7 

7 

111 
8 

10 

1000 





9 

11 

1001 
10 

12 

1010 
11 

13 

1011 
12 

14 

1111 





13 

15 

1101 
14 

16 

1110 
15 

17 

1111 
16 

20 

10000 





17 

21 

10001 
18 

22 

10010 
19 

23 

10011 
20 

24 

10100 





21 

25 

10101 
22 

26 

10110 
23 

27 

10111 
24 

30 

11000 





25 

31 

11001 
Table 8 below is a rearrangement of the BASE 2 Column in table 7

ADD
0 OR 16 
ADD
0 OR 8 
ADD
0 OR 4 
ADD
0 OR 2 
ADD
0 OR 1 
1 









1 
2 







1 
+ 
0 
3 







1 
+ 
1 
4 





1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











5 





1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
6 





1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
7 





1 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
8 



1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











9 



1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
10 



1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
11 



1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
12 



1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











13 



1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
14 



1 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
15 



1 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
16 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











17 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
18 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
19 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
20 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











21 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
22 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
23 

1 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
+ 
1 
24 

1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 











25 

1 
+ 
1 
+ 
0 
+ 
0 
+ 
1 
The table shows how the numerical value of these entries, in our
familiar system, can be determined, using the following rules:
If there is a 1 in the righthand position add 1
If there is a 0 in the righthand column add 0
If there is a 1 in the second column to the left add 2
If there is a 0 in the second column to the left add 0
If there is a 1 in the third column to the left add 4
If there is a 0 in the third column to the left add 0
If there is a 1 in the fourth column to the left add 8
If there is a 0 in the fourth column to the left add 0
If there is a 1 in the fifth column to the left add 16
If there is a 0 in the fifth column to the left add 0
EXAMPLE:
1 
0 
1 
0 
1 
5TH 
4TH 
3RD 
2ND 
1ST 
COLUMN 
COLUMN 
COLUMN 
COLUMN 
COLUMN 





ADD 16 
ADD 0 
ADD 4 
ADD 0 
ADD 1 





16 + 
0 + 
4 + 
0 + 
1 
= 21 
This system is used in computer technology since electronic circuitry
based upon the twostate ONOFF [or 1 0] concepts can be made to operate at great speeds.
That is, it is not necessary to establish five or ten or twenty different levels of
impulses or conditions which must be distinguished. Only two are needed.
This allows, for example, for circuits to be somewhat similar in
complexity to a light switch. That is, if the switch is in the UP position the light goes
on. If the switch is in the DOWN position the light goes off. In other words, each action
merely changes the status of the switch to the opposite of what it was.
A good way to demonstrate this is for five volunteers to come forward,
face the audience, and form a single row from left to right. The person farthest to the
right, from the perspective of the audience, will be referred to as A. To person the left
of him, from the perspective of the audience will be referred to as B. Following the same
procedure, the others will be referred to as C, D, and E.
Imagine a series of five switches which are designated, from left to
right, E D C B A. Consider that these switches are interconnected in such a way that if A
is OFF and receives an impulse, it will turn ON. If A receives another impulse while it is
ON it will pass the impulse to B and then turn itself OFF. B now is ON but A is OFF. The
next impulse to A will just turn A ON again. Now both A and B are ON. The next impulse to
A will pass to B and A will go OFF. But when B receives this impulse from A it will pass
it to C as it turns itself OFF. Now A and B are OFF and C is ON. Or represented in another
way: ON OFF OFF, or 1 0 0. This is what, in table 7, is referred to as 4.
This analog of the electrical impulses, mentioned above, will be a tap
on a person’s left shoulder, as will be shown.
At the beginning all hands will be held DOWN, pointing to the floor. A
hand that is DOWN will represent OFF. A hand that is UP will represent ON. So, all hands
being DOWN at the start means: OFF OFF OFF OFF OFF. Only right hands will be used, and the
following rules are to be applied.
The RULES:
RULE 1: If you get a tap on your left shoulder change the position of
your hand. That is, if it is UP put it DOWN. If it is DOWN put it UP.
RULE 2: Whenever you are putting your hand DOWN, tap the left shoulder
of the person to your right and leave your hand DOWN until the next tap on your left
shoulder.
As these people analogs to the electrical circuit go into action, the
audience should look at table 8 and compare the successive hand positions as the impulses
are applied.
This demonstration is intended to show the level of simplicity
associated with the BASE 2 system. table 9 below shows a comparison between the BASE
2 and the BASE 10 systems for the adding only two digits which can be
visualized as being placed one above the other, on paper, with the single digit of the
answer going directly underneath with the possibility of the carry of a 1 to the next
column to the left.
TOP 


0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 

0 
0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 

1 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 

2 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 

3 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 

4 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 

5 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 

6 
6 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 

7 
7 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 

8 
8 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 

9 
9 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 
8* 
In the United States there are two systems in use which are based upon
12 [called duodecimal]. They are used in the measurement of quantity when reference is
made to the dozen, and to length when reference is made to the foot. That
is, there are 12 eggs in a dozen and 12 inches to the foot. Such a system would need to
have two additional "squiggly marks" as shown in table 10 BELOW.
TOP 

0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0 
0 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
1 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
2 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
3 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
4 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
5 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
6 
6 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
7 
7 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
8 
8 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 
9 
9 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 
8* 
L 
L 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 
8* 
9* 
Z 
Z 
0* 
1* 
2* 
3* 
4* 
5* 
6* 
7* 
8* 
9* 
L* 






5 
8 
L 
L 
Z 
Z 
+9 
+7 
+7 
+Z 
+3 
+Z 
=12 
=13 
=15 
=19 
=12 
=1L 
Here they are printed as L and Z, and pronounced LAM and ZUG. In table
10, ZUG + ZUG = L*. This would be pronounced LAMTEEN. Accordingly, LAMTEEN + 1 = ZUGTEEN,
and ZUGTEEN + 1 = 20.
To count to 20 in this system one would say: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,LAM,
ZUG,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19, LAMTEEN, ZUGTEEN, 20.
[This is demonstrated at the bottom of the first page of table 11
below. Table 11 also shows, in addition to the duodecimal system, a comparison in "Counting to 100" for some other systems. One of these to be referred to later,
is based upon 16.]
COUNTING TO ONE HUNDRED
The tables below illustrate the similarities among five number systems, in counting to "100." In each case the "100" represents a number of items
corresponding to the square of the number of distinguishing numerals used in the system. BASE2: 4=[2x2] entries. BASE8: 64= [8x8] entries. BASE10: 100= [10x10] entries.BASE12:144= [12x12] entries. BASE16:256 = 116x16] entries.
Counting to 100 in BASE 2 [Binary] [Thumbs Only]
1 10
11 100
Counting to 100 in BASE 8 [Octal]
[Fingers Only]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 100
Counting to 100 in BASE10 [Decimal]
[Thumbs and Fingers]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100
Counting to 100 in BASE 12 [Duodecimal]
[Thumbs + Fingers + Two Morel
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 L Z 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1L 1Z 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2L 2Z 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 3L 3Z 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 4L 4Z 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 5L SZ 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 6L 6Z 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 7L 7Z 80
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 8L 8Z 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 9L 9Z L0
L1 L2 L3 L4 L5 L6 L7 L8 L9 LL LZ Z0
Z1 Z2 Z3 Z4 Z5 Z6 Z7 Z8 Z9 ZL ZZ 100
Counting to 100 in BASE 16 [Hexadecimal]
[Fingers only, both hands, twice.]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 A B C D E F 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 1A 1B 1C 1D 1E 1F 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 2A 2B 2C 2D 2E 2F 30
31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 3A 3B 3C 3D 3E 3F 40
41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 4A 4B 4C 4D 4E 4F 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 5A 5B 5C SD SE SF 60
61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 6A 6B 8C 6D 6E 6F 70
71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 7A 7B 7C 7D 7E 7F 80
81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 8A 8B 8C 8D 8E 8F 90
91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 9A 9B 9C 9D 9E 9F AO
A1 A2 A3 A4 A5 A6 A7 A8 A9 AA AB AC AD AE AF BO
B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 BA BB BC BD BE BF CO
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C9 CA CB CC CD CE CF DO
D1 D2 D3 D4 D5 D6 D7 D8 D9 DA DB DC DD DE DF EO
E1 E2 E3 E4 E5 E6 E7 E8 E9 EA EB EC ED EE EF FO
F1 F2 F3 F4 FS F6 F7 F8 F9 FA FB FC FD FE FF 100
The title of this paper raised the question of whether or not 111 + 110
= 1101. This is demonstrated in APPENDIX IV, making use of the addition table at the
bottom of table 9.
Under some circumstances, what is shown as the second step, in APPENDIX
IV may also produce some carry digits. In this case the steps would be repeated until
there are no more carry requirements. This produces what might be considered a "ripple" effect, from right to left, until all of the carries are taken care of.
The title of this paper also raised the question of whether or not 7 +
6 = 15. To show that this is so, the sum above, 1101, is rewritten in groups of three, as
shown, and the 421 rule, as shown in table 8, is applied. See the bottom of APPENDIX IV.
0 0 1 1 0 1
_____ _____
1 5
There is a relationship between the binary, [BASE 2], the octal.
[BASE 8], and the hexadecimal [BASE 16] number systems which is useful to
those computer programmers affectionately referred to a "bit twiddlers." These
individuals, in the development of software, often need to examine the contents of parts
of the computer systems in their most basic form, that is, at the level of just 1’s
and 0’s. But these binary representations are long and cumbersome with which to deal.
So a kind of "shorthand" is used.
The decimal value of 2000 as expressed in binary is:
11111010000
This follows the pattern shown in Figure 8 when reading from right to
left.
0 x 1 +0 x 2+0 x 4+0 x 8+1 x 16+0 x 32+1 x 64+1 x 128+1 x 256+1 x 512 +1
x 1024= 2000.
By separating the binary number into groups of three, and applying the
421 rule to each triplet, it looks like this:
Accordingly, 3720 is the octal equivalent of 2000 in decimal.
There were special desk calculators made during the early days of
computers, without any 8's or 9's on the keyboard, to carry out calculations in this
system. This allowed the programmers to perform operations on "almost" binary
numbers as programs were being checked, without worrying about the long binary
representations within the computer itself.
More recently the same concept is applied to the separating of the
binary numbers into groups of four instead of three. The above binary number for 2000 is
shown in this pattern. The same rule as shown in Table 8 is applied but now for four
positions instead of three:
0111 
1101 
0000 
7 
13 
0 

or 

7 
D 
0 
By looking at the top row in the "COUNTING TO
100" Section of Figure 11, which has to do with the hexadecimal system, it can be
seen that the 13th numeral is D.
Accordingly, 7DO is the hexadecimal equivalent of 2000 in decimal.
So, it can be seen that different sets of numerals may be used to
designate a given quantity. The number stays the same, but the numerals which represent
the number may be different. Let us add the above numbers, 7 and 6, on our fingers in the BASE
8 system. That is, count to 7 then add 6 more, as follows: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 then
10,11,12,13,14,15.
Accordingly consider, that under certain circumstances:
1 + 1 = 10.
This is another way of saying that since we have one thumb on each
hand, we have a total of ten thumbs. This depends upon what number system is being used,
of course. In this case it is what has been referred to as having the BASE 2. Look
at the second row at the top of table 8. The 2 at the left, which is in the BASE 10
system is represented by the 1 and the 0 at the right, both of which are in the BASE 2
system.
By way of summarizing what has been presented in this paper, it is
hoped that two things have been illustrated: (1) that the idea of number can be expressed
in more than one way, and (2) that one of these ways, the binary, or BASE 2 system,
is at the heart of modern computer technology.
The latter point being that electronics has been developed to take
advantage of the simplicity of manipulation of what might be thought of as the twolevel
representation of quantities.
An attempt has been made to show that arithmetic in the binary system
can be very simple. There is no "rotating of wheels" so to speak, and as shown
at the bottom of table 9, there are only four possibilities shown which need to be
considered for the addition of two singleposition numbers. Considering that there might
also be carry bits to include, there are actually eight possibilities since each of the
four might, or might not, have to be involved with a "carry" from the operation
one cycle earlier. The table at the top of table 13 below shows these eight situations.
THE EIGHT POSSIBILITIES FOR ADDING TWO BITS
AND ALSO INCLUDING A CARRY BIT FROM A PREVIOUS CYCLE
CARRY BIT 
TOP BIT 
BOTTOM BIT 
OUTPUT 
FROM 
THIS 
THIS 
THIS 
PREVIOUS 
CYCLE 
CYCLE 
CYCLE 
CYCLE 
O 
O 
O 
O 
O 
0 
1 
1 
0 
1 
0 
1 
0 
1 
1 
0* 
1 
0 
0 
1 
1 
0 
1 
0* 
1 
1 
0 
0* 
1 
1 
1 
1* 
[The * means there is a carry bit to be applied to the next position to
the left.]
For any single transaction involving two bits, only one of the above
combinations provides any output. This output is the result of the interconnections of a
previously "wired" network of electrical components through which impulses
travel. There is no electronic equivalent of "rotating wheels."
A very important event in this field was the invention of the
transistor. This is credited to Bell Telephone Laboratory scientists: William Shockley,
John Bardeen, and Walter Brattain. In 1956 they shared the Nobel Prize in physics for
their work.
A transistor can be visualized as a kind of sandwich of three pieces of
silicon. The two pieces of the "bread" of the sandwich are made of one kind of
silicon, and the "cheese" of the sandwich is made of another kind of silicon.
These two types have different conduction characteristics. The "cheese" part of
the sandwich has what are called electron holes and the "bread" parts have what
are known as free electrons.
When conditions are right the holes will receive free electrons. This
flow of electrons is an electrical current. When conditions are otherwise this flow is
stopped. The transistor is therefore a kind of electronic "gate". It is either
open or closed. The 1's and 0's in the binary representation of numbers are used to
manipulate these various combinations through complex networks of transistors to produce
operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, among all others.
Following the development of the transistor the next big step in this
technology was the ability to fabricate many components into a single piece of
semiconductor. This led to what came to be known as the integrated circuit. This was
invented by an American engineer named Jack Kilby, in 1958, and led to what we now know as
the microchip into which many thousands of components are packed. The first microprocessor
employing this technology was produced in about 1970.
Modern technology can now "pack" up to one million
transistors into a space about 118" x 112" x 1 1/4", where the layers of
the sandwich are very thin and the "lines" that carry the signals from one
transistor to another are, in width, less than 112 of onemillionth of a meter, or about
60,000 per inch.
These operations are carried out for a single position such as Column A
in APPENDIX IV by an electronic device known as a halfadder. One type of halfadder
consists of the interconnection of nine transistors. This network receives the two inputs
to be added, either 1’s or 0’s, which are then passed through the network. This
"automatically" produces the "answer" bit for Column A as well as the
carry bit, if appropriate, to be applied to the column to the left The next column to the
left, called B in Appendix IV, is then processed using the same halfadder. This is
continued, one position at a time, until the entire addition is complete.
In a tradeoff which has increased network complexity, but also has
increased speed, the same results can be obtained with what is known as a fulladder. In
this device there is a separate halfadder for each position such as Columns A and B and C
in APPENDIX IV. There are also additional halfadders for each position to process the
carries, if any. The operations are performed on all positions simultaneously, followed by
the carry operations which "ripple" from right to left.
Such a fulladder network capable of operating on numbers which, so to
speak, are ten bits wide, would require more than 170 interconnected transistors.
Perhaps for subsequent consideration APPENDICES IV, V, VI, and VII may
be of interest since they illustrate the simplicity achievable making use of the binary
system.
Some reference has already been made to addition, shown in APPENDIX IV.
APPENDIX V gives an example of subtraction by the addition of complements. APPENDIX VI
describes a multiplication process making use of repeated addition and shifting. APPENDIX
VII shows a procedure for division by repeated subtraction which is actually the repeated
addition of complements. In a way it might be considered that "addition can do it
all."
Perhaps at this juncture it is appropriate to refer to a completely
different system with which we are all familiar but rarely use. It is called the Roman
Numeral System. Notice that the word numeral is used and not the word number. This would
make the School Mathematics Study Group happy. The rules of counting in this system are
not like what has been mentioned above. The "recycling" referred to above does
not apply. APPENDIX VIII lists the rules pertaining to this system.
If we "count" in this system we will probably find that we
are converting back and forth between our daytoday system and the Roman System. That is,
we may not "feel" that VIII means the same as the number of fingers on both
hands excluding thumbs. Try it. You may or may not like it. For an exercise to "show
to your grandchildren", try to explain why VII multiplied by IX equals LXIII.
Those who are interested in computer programming might find it
interesting to make the flow diagram for the four arithmetic processes of addition,
subtraction, multiplication and division using the rules which are given in APPENDIX VIII.
As an additional comment on number systems, reference can be made on
another facet of the world of computation and computers which is currently receiving much
attention. This is what has come to be known as the Y2K Problem. Much has been said and
written about the possibility of confusion and even catastrophe when the year 2000
arrives.
There are other ways of looking at this as shown in APPENDIX IX. None
of them will make the situation go away. They merely look different.
Considerable time has been spent in this paper relative to the binary
or BASE 2 number system. That is, the concept of number as being expressed in terms
of ON or OFF, ONE or ZERO, YES or NO. Depending upon a given individual’s religious
persuasion, there may be interest in knowing that there is ancient authority for all of
this. A quotation from the Book of Matthew, Chapter 5, verse 37, follows:
"But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay;
for whatsoever is more than these comes of evil."
Thank you for your attention.
APPENDIX I
There are modernday references, in the Danish language, to an earlier
twentybased system:
The Current Word For Referring To Old System
50 is Halvtreds [Half of third twenty]
60 is Tres [Three twenties]
70 is Halvfjerds [Half of fourth twenty]
80 is Firs [Four twenties]
90 is Halvfems [Half of fifth twenty]
APPENDIX II
AN EARLIER BRITISH SYSTEM OF MONEY
As is well known, the British system of money is based upon what is
known as the Pound. The Pound is now subdivided into 100 pence and is therefore something
like our dollar and its 100 pennies.
At an earlier time the Pound was divided into 20 Shillings, and each
Shilling was divided into 12 Pence. This made for a somewhat cumbersome system, from our
perspective, because the "recycling" was not based upon what we now call ten.
Imagine a restaurant bill for 29 Pounds 18 Shillings and 11 Pence.
After the meal suppose it is desired to leave what we would call a 10% tip. [In practice
one would probably have left 3 Pounds since 10% of 29 Pounds is 2.9 Pounds.]
For an example, something like the following calculations would be
needed to arrive at just what the "real" 10% was:
First: A Pound had 20 (Shillings) x 12 (pence) = 240 Pence.
Therefore 29 Pounds would have 29 x 240 = 6960 Pence.
Second: A Shilling had 12 Pence.
Therefore 18 Shillings would have 18 x 12 = 216 Pence.
The restaurant bill would be 6960 + 216 + 11 = 7187 Pence
A: For convenience, round off the 10% of the total bill to 719 Pence.
B: 719 Pence divided by 12 = 59 Shillings with 11 Pence remainder.
C: 59 Shillings divided by 20 = 2 Pounds with 19 Shillings remainder.
D: The " rounded off" 10% tip would then be:
2 Pounds 19 Shillings and 11 Pence.
APPENDIX III
EXAMPLES OF SYSTEMS WHICH ARE NOT BASED UPON THE NUMBER OF FINGERS AND
THUMBS ON BOTH HANDS
THE BIT AS A MONETARY UNIT IN THE UNITED STATES
In the not too distant past we would often hear the expression "Shave and a haircut, two bits." There would also be references to the cost of
items as being four bits or six bits.
It was not likely that one would hear anything other than one of those
three.
But just what was a "bit?"
A bit was 12 1/2 cents. So two bits would be what we would now call a
quarter, four bits would be a fiftycent piece, and six bits would be seventyfive cents.
Eight bits would be equal to a dollar.
This is an example of another "counting" system based upon, as we think of it in our familiar system, not upon ten but upon eight.
That is, bits recycled to the dollar based upon the number of fingers
on both hands, excluding the thumbs.
Of course we could not use references to either three bits or five bits
or seven bits since these amounts of 37 1/2 cents, 62 1/2 cents and 87 1/2 cents
respectively would not match the coin system because there is no 1/2 penny coin
SOME OTHER SYSTEMS
12 INCHES = ONE FOOT 60 SECONDS = ONE MINUTE
THREE FEET = ONE YARD 60 MINUTES = ONE HOUR
5 1/2 YARDS = ONE ROD 24 HOURS = ONE DAY
1760 YARDS = ONE MILE 7 DAYS = ONE WEEK
220 YARDS = ONE FURLONG 28,29,30,31 DAYS = ONE MONTH
8 FURLONGS = ONE MILE 2 WEEKS = ONE FORTNIGHT
3 MILES = ONE LEAGUE 4 WEEKS = ONE MONTH [SORT OF]
5280 FEET = ONE MILE 12 MONTHS = ONE YEAR
6076.11540 FEET = NAUTICAL MILE 365 [366] DAYS = ONE YEAR
27 11/32 GRAINS = ONE DRAM 1 PINT = FOUR GILLS
16 DRAMS = ONE OUNCE 2 PINTS = ONE QUART
16 OUNCES = ONE POUND 4 QUARTS = ONE GALLON
100 POUNDS = ONE HUNDREDWEIGHT 8 QUARTS = ONE PECK
20 HUNDREDWEIGHTS = ONE TON 4 PECKS = ONE BUSHEL
2000 POUNDS = ONE TON
360 DEGREES IN ONE CIRCLE
APPENDIX IV
AN EXAMPLE OF ADDITION
Do 111 + 110 = 1101? For clarity in explanation the
two items are rearranged with one above the other, as follows:
COLUMNS
C 
B 
A 


1 
1 
1 
= 
7 (In BASE 8) 
1 
1 
0 
= 
+6 (In BASE 8) 
 
 
 


Referring to table 9, and the possible need for carrying 1 to the column to the
left, the electronic circuits would "automatically" produce the following:


D 
C 
B 
A 




1 
1 
1 




1 
1 
0 




0 
0 
1 
Step 1 



< 
< 




1 
1 
0 

Carry digits produced and placed in a register one place to the left.
That is, for B position the carry is to the C position. For the C position the carry is to
the D position. 



0 
0 
1 
Result of Step 1. 


1 
1 
0 

Step 2. Add Carries. 


 
 
 
 

0 
0 
1 
1 
0 
1 
Result 
 
 
  
 
 


1 
Ý 
5 

APPENDIX V
AN EXAMPLE OF SUBTRACTION
Subtraction can be done by the addition of the complement of the
subtrahend to the minuend and adding 1. The complement of a number in the BASE 10
system is the difference between it and 9. Examples: The complement of 6 is 3 and the
complement of 2 is 7. To the left of the complement are written as many 9’s as there
are digits in the number itself. After the addition there is an
"EndAroundCarry" of 1.
Minuend 345
345
Subtrahend 123
999876 [Complement of 123]
___
_________
222
1000221
+1 [EndAroundCarry]
_________
000222
BASE 10
BASE 2
BASE 8
25
=
011 001
= 31
13
=
 001 101
= 15
___
________
___
12
001 100
14
To produce the complement of BASE 2 numbers:
[ A circuit called an inverter is used.]
All 0’s are changed to 1’s and all 1’s are changed to
0’s.
The complement of 001 101 using 4 positions to the left is 11 110 010
Now using the bottom of table 9, add the two:
Minuend
[25]
=
0 1 1 0 0 1
Subrtahend
 [13]
=
+ 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 [Complement Form]
12
=
1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
+ 1 [EndAroundCarry}
____________
Difference
12
=
0 0 1 1 0 0
1 4
Ý
APPENDIX VI
AN EXAMPLE OF MULTIPLICATION
Multiplication can be done by repeated addition and shifting.
BASE 10
BASE 2
BASE 8
7
=
111 =
7
X 5
=
X 101 =
5
_______
_______
35
=
100 011 =
43
C B A
MULTIPLICAND =
1 1 1
MULTIPLIER
=
1 0 1
First: Multiplier position A, being a 1, causes entire multiplicand to be entered into a
register:
1 1 1
Second: Multiplier position B, being a 0, causes shift to the left of one position in the
register for the next entry of 0’s:
1 1 1 After First Step
0 0 0 Second Step
Ý
0 1 1 1 Register After Adding Step 2
Third: Multiplier position C, being a 1, causes shift to the left of one position and the
entry of the entire multiplicand:
0 1 1 1 Register After Adding Step 2
1 1 1 Third Step
[Note Shift to Left]
Ý
__________________
1 0 0 0 1 1 Register After Adding Step 3
_______ Ý ______
4 3
APPENDIX VII
AN EXAMPLE OF DIVISION
Division can be done by successive subtraction.
[Where the subtraction is done by adding complements.]
_5 1 0 1___
525
10111001
25
101
0
101
101
0
THE PROCESS
DIVIDEND
= 25
=
1 1 0 0 1 [IN BASE 2]
DIVISOR
= 5
=
1 0 1 [IN BASE 2]
COMPLEMENT OF
DIVISOR
=
1 1 1 0 1 0
DIVIDEND IN REGISTER
1 1 0 0 1 25 IN REGISTER
ADD COMPLEMENT
1 1 1 0 1 0
REGISTER AFTER STEP
1 1 0 1 0 0 1 1
ENDAROUND CARRY
+ 1
REGISTER AFTER CARRY
0 1 0 1 0 0 20 = REMAINDER
REMAINDER IN REGISTER
1 0 1 0 0
ADD COMPLEMENT
1 1 1 0 1 0
REGISTER AFTER STEP
2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0
ENDAROUNDCARRY
+ 1
REGISTER AFTER CARRY
0 0 1 1 1 1 15 = REMAINDER
REMAINDER IN REGISTER
1 1 1 1
ADD COMPLEMENT
1 1 1 0 1 0
REGISTER AFTER STEP
3 1 0 0 1 0 0 1
ENDAROUNDCARRY
+1
REGISTER AFTER CARRY
0 0 1 0 1 0 10 = REMAINDER
REMAINDER IN REGISTER
1 0 1 0
ADD COMPLEMENT
1 1 1 0 1 0
REGISTER AFTER STEP
4 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
ENDAROUNDCARRY
+ 1
REGISTER AFTER CARRY
0 0 0 1 0 1 5 = REMAINDER
REMAINDER IN REGISTER
1 0 1
ADD COMPLEMENT
1 1 1 0 1 0
REGISTER AFTER STEP 5
1 1 1 1 1 1
ENDAROUNDCARRY
+ 1
REGISTER AFTER CARRY
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = REMAINDER
Note: If, as in Step 5, it is detected that all of the positions are 1’s, and
there is no 1 to the left to "carry around", it is done anyway. This only
happens when there is a zero value.
This process took five steps to reduce the remainder to zero. This is another way of
saying that 5 "went into" 25 five times.
APPENDIX VIII
THE ROMAN NUMERAL SYSTEM
THE RULES:
I = 1, V = 5, X = 10, L = 50, C = 100, D = 500, M = 1000
There is no equivalent to the zero.
A bar over a letter means to multiply it by 1000.
If one letter is immediately followed by another of equal or lesser
value, the two are added.
Examples: VI = 6, XV = 15, XX = 20
Examples: IV = 4, XL = 40, CM = 900
APPENDIX IX
Y2K
Expressed in other ways:
In the Binary [BASE 2] system:
[THUMBS ONLY OF BOTH HANDS] ]
Y11111010000
In the Octal [BASE 8] system:
[FINGERS ONLY OF BOTH HANDS]
Y3720
In the Decimal [BASE 10] system:
[BOTH THUMBS AND FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS]
Y2000
In the Duodecimal [BASE 12] system:
[BOTH THUMBS AND FINGERS OF BOTH HANDS + TWO MORE]
Y11L8
In the Hexadecimal [BASE 16] system:
[FINGERS ONLY, BOTH HANDS, TWICE.]
Y7D0
In the Roman Numeral System:
[NO COMPARISON WITH FINGERS AND THUMBS]
YMM
