Serene Explorations

This sixth duodecade of issues continues a serene exploration of the mathematics of base twelve. The Society’s Members interact continuously with the DSA through the “Dozenal Jottings” department. The Annual Meeting minutes in many issues seem to reveal a tight knit group of folks having a good time under the banner of twelves, and at banquets after the meetings. New puzzles and musings abound in nearly every issue. The Bulletin bravely publishes a debate regarding our Egyptian ancestors’ possible dozenal tendencies at Vol. 31; No. 1, a view flatly rejected in the next issue by Messrs. Whillock and Singmaster. Practical tools like the Fortran conversion scripts and Dr. Rapoport’s dozenal clock appear in the Bulletin. Charles Trigg explores mathematical series in dozenal, Prof. Schiffman covers fundamental dozenal operations, Prof. Zirkel touches on symbology and other topics. A reprise of sorts regarding SI-metric: the idea, even to this day, hasn’t quite breached the American public’s affiliation with the US Customary measurement system. Articles at Vol. 2X; No. 2 and the book review at Vol. 30; No. 2 page E; (#) seem to show metrication is not inevitable and its foreign adoption is usually the effect of government force. The Society seems solid and strong throughout this stretch, and the questing, delightful vigor continues into the next duodecade.