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Digital Literacy Computer Basics Computer Basics Binary

I'm having a hard time comparing the ones and zeros to the Dewey Decimal System

I'm having a hard time understanding the complete correlation to the binary system to the Dewey Decimal System I understand the Dewey Decimal System because it's based on real numbers not ones and zeros

1 Answer

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
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The word "Decimal" is a clue that the number system is different. Anything "decimal" (like the common numbers we use every day) is based on 10 where "binary" is based on 2.

The numbers in one system can't be directly compared to the other, but you can convert them. For example, a book on Architecture might have a Dewey Decimal number of 721.625, but in binary it would be 1011010001.101.

Aren't you glad there's no such thing as the "Dewey Binary System"! :wink: