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**General Science / Re: Why are there 360 degrees in a circle?**

« **on:**10/08/2012 20:06:01 »

It's really pretty obvious.

The ancients understood that the circumference of a circle is three times its diameter (realize that they only had bits of string to make the measurements, so they were not that far off.) They were really more concerned with dividing up right angles (North versus West etc) so, understanding the importance of the three thing, they chopped the right angle into three bits, then chopped each of those into three bits. As they had ten fingers, they divided each of the smaller divisions into ten bits.

3x3x10=90

The rest is history.

The ancients understood that the circumference of a circle is three times its diameter (realize that they only had bits of string to make the measurements, so they were not that far off.) They were really more concerned with dividing up right angles (North versus West etc) so, understanding the importance of the three thing, they chopped the right angle into three bits, then chopped each of those into three bits. As they had ten fingers, they divided each of the smaller divisions into ten bits.

3x3x10=90

The rest is history.