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Unformatted text preview: answer should be ABC. While the quotient is not zero Divide the decimal number by the new base Make the remainder the next digit to the left in the answer Replace the decimal number with the quotient Invented in 1617 by Scotsman John Napier, Napiers Bones was a set of rectangular bones (tiles) marked off with numbers at the top of the face and multiples of that number down the face of the tile. Each tile (bone) represented the multiplication table for a single digit. These bones could be lined up beside one another in a way that allowed the user to do one-digit multiplication using only addi-tion. John Napier also invented the slide rule and is given credit for discovering the binary number system. For more on Napier and how to use his bones, see our Web site. Napiers Bones, An Early Calculation Aid Reproduced by permission of University of Calgary W 42...
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