Standard (24 hours) clock
We are very much used to our sexagesimal numeral system to measure time. In this base 60 system a day has 24 hours, each hour has 60 minutes and each minute is divided in 60 seconds. A more logical method of time keeping would be a decimal system (base 10 system) dividing a day in 10 hours, with 100 minutes per hour, and 100 seconds in each minute. But we live in a computer age and since all our information is stored in a binary form (in bits), we should perhaps consider switching to binary clocks.
In a decimal numeric system we use 10 different digits (0 to 9), but a binary numeral system represents numeric values using only two symbols (0 and 1). Here is a table showing how decimal values are represented in a binary way:
|2||10||One two and zero ones|
|3||11||One two and one one|
|4||100||One four, zero twos and zero ones|
|5||101||One four, zero twos and one one|
|6||110||One four, one two and zero ones|
|7||111||One four, one two and one one|
|9||1001||One eight and one one|
|10||1010||One eight and one two|
|14||1110||and so on|
|15||1111||and so forth|
The binary clock on this page is in fact a sexagesimal clock shown in a binary format. Perhaps your next birthday present is a binary watch.
More interesting clocks can be found in SillyClocks