Tuesday January 1st 2013
Two thousand twelve was a five. The sum of its
numerals. Pentagrams have five points. Two thousand and thirteen, is a
six. Bee honeycombs have six sides. Insects, not
arachnids, have six legs. So god knows what's in store for us.
More interesting perhaps is the origin of the shape 6, which has saved
some of us with Latin roots in many of our words, from having to think
VI every time six broaches an horizon.
Of the two images here, the above is how the Brahmins
from India described six. Below is how Arab people would write six in
dust or on sand, before things like blackboards and pencil sharpeners
revolutionized communication. Binary computers, when they think
six, see it as 1000. For Mayans, 1 was a pebble, 5 was a stick, 6 was
a pebble and a stick.