Interesting Esoterica

Neumbering

Article by O.G. Cassani and John H. Conway
  • Published in 2018
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The importance of starting at 0 when counting has not often been discussed, nor has the incompatibility between this way of numbering and the usual adjectives first, second, third ... In fact, if the first number is zero, then the fifth is four and the ninth is eight, which is perfectly coherent with the traditional way of numbering, but it’s confusing if we start from zero. This is a good reason to introduce John von Neumann’s convention, which we call ‘‘Neumbering.’’ The authors have been using this name privately, and we apologise for being slangy. This part of the paper starts by using it publicly.

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@article{Neumbering,
	title = {Neumbering},
	abstract = {The importance of starting at 0 when counting has not often been discussed, nor has the incompatibility between  this  way  of  numbering  and  the
usual adjectives first, second, third ... In fact, if the first number is zero, then the fifth is four and the ninth is eight, which is perfectly coherent with the traditional way of numbering, but it’s confusing if we start from zero. This is a good reason to introduce John von Neumann’s convention, which we call ‘‘Neumbering.’’ The authors have been using this name privately, and we apologise for being slangy. This part of the paper starts by using it publicly.},
	url = {https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00283-017-9720-3},
	year = 2018,
	author = {O.G. Cassani and John H. Conway},
	comment = {},
	urldate = {2018-05-17},
	collections = {easily-explained,notation-and-conventions}
}