Occasionally you learn something astonishing. The other day I was in the midst of Mathematics for the Nonmathemetician* and read this:
There are people who campaign for the adoption of base twelve, because it offers special advantages.
I mean, this is America. There’s a lot you can say about the place, but it does not lack for heterogeneity of the mind. Yet I have never heard – or even heard of – anyone saying “You know what? We need to get rid of our base ten numerical system and replace it with base twelve.”
Turns out I’ve led a sheltered life.
Dozenalists aren’t cranks or crotchety anti-metric grouches. We just find the dozenal system easier, more efficient, and otherwise better than the decimal. This is a reasonable opinion well founded in the facts.
*I could use more books like this, e.g. Conversation for the Nonconversationalist, Patience for the Nonpatient, etc.