# – Why is time measured in multiples of 60? Wouldn’t a base 10 form of measurement make more sense in applications like physics?

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– Why is time measured in multiples of 60? Wouldn’t a base 10 form of measurement make more sense in applications like physics?

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Because you often need fractions of one hour. One third of 60 is 20, one third of 100 is 33 1/3, which isn’t very useful.

Well you are right. The issue is some ass fucker in an ancient civilization chose that base 6 was a good number system and decided to fuck us all. It’s is the same reason circles are 360 degrees. There is no reason is should be base 6 save that they said so.

It’s been tried before. I believe the French tried it for a while. Pretty sure they were the most recent. It just doesn’t really work. Nature dictates the rules, we just fit our ideas around it.

The real question is why aren’t we using a base 12 numbering system for everything else? Because it makes a lot more sense when you really look into it. Obviously is because we have ten digits (fingers), and things grew from there.

Also there’s caesium-133 which has a number of periods of radiation between some levels which correspond to a second.