# Project of a New System of Arithmetic, Weight, Measure and Coins: Proposed to be Called the Tonal System, with Sixteen to the Base

Lippincott, 1862 - Numeration - 106 pages

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Detailed, thought out, interesting
I really enjoyed reading this. After becoming interested in alternate number systems after finding myself questioning the merits of the decimal system in mathematics
, I stumbled upon the name John Nystrom. Incidentally, I quickly found myself absorbed into his work. I was already familiar with hex, but to find such a full-featured system -- the Tonal System -- was beyond astounding. I am not surprised that the Tonal System was not adopted, since it would be too disruptive to the current generation. Today, almost any change must conform with the rest of the world. However, if we could change -- right at this moment -- the number system, and all the nuisances of change were automatically taken care of, the Tonal System could not be overlooked. Especially in the digital age of binary, and therefore, hex. Very logical, simple, and most importantly, complete.

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### Contents

 I 9 II 15 III 16 IV 18 V 21 VI 22 VII 24 VIII 25
 XXIX 51 XXX 52 XXXI 57 XXXII 59 XXXIII 61 XXXIV 62 XXXV 65 XXXVI 75

 X 26 XI 27 XIII 29 XIV 30 XV 32 XVI 34 XVII 35 XVIII 36 XIX 37 XXI 38 XXIII 41 XXIV 42 XXV 43 XXVI 44 XXVII 45 XXVIII 50
 XXXVII 81 XXXVIII 85 XXXIX 87 XL 89 XLI 90 XLII 91 XLIII 92 XLIV 93 XLV 94 XLVI 95 XLVII 97 XLVIII 98 XLIX 101 L 102 LI 105 LII 106

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Page 103 - ... and make war against the cranes. (114) These are they who begin well, but cease before they are perfect. — In India, there are also men who possess six hands. They are without clothes, but are extremely hairy, and dwell in rivers. (115) These are the laborious of the world. — There are men who have six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot.
Page 4 - I have the honor to subscribe myself, your most obedient servant, JOHN W.
Page 61 - International Association for obtaining a Uniform Decimal System of Weights, Measures, and Coins, held at Bradford, Yorkshire, Tuesday, October \\th, 1859. The International Association met in the theatre of the Mechanics
Page 5 - FORTESCUE. THE VERY REV. RICHARD DAWES, MA, Dean of Hereford. RICHARD COBDEN, Esq.. MP JAMES YATES, Esq , MA, FRS Greece ............ "•£ Holland .......... M.
Page 96 - These errors however are not material to the merits of the scheme." I have not been able to find a single expression in Mr.