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Meanwhile, there is something special about base-12, namely that the log base 2 of 3 has a really good rational approximation as 17/12, the log base 2 of 5 has a pretty good approximation as 7/3 (you can do better with 28ths).

This is the basis for the 12-tone equal temperament scale in music, and it only works if you use base-12. So if we used base-12 for our numbers then someone would have the bright idea to name all of our musical notes with numbers and we could just do a key change (or chord formation) by addition.




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