I can say that I am good in math, but I cannot say that I am good in estimation. I sometimes am not able to make intelligent guesses. I always get low grades on that topic. Yes, some say that estimation and the Orders of Magnitude are supposed to make our lives easier in that we don’t have to take a long time in solving a particular problem. Even though that’s the case, I would still rather use the other method, in which the exact answers are found and calculated. Maybe if I keep on using estimation and the Orders of Magnitude more often, I would get used to it.

Ancient civilization used their own body parts in measuring. The Greeks collected from the members of the human body the proportionate dimensions which appear necessary in all building operations; the inch, the palm, the foot, the cubit and these they grouped into the perfect number which the Greeks call teleon. Now they determined as perfect the number which is called ten. For from the hands they took the number of the inches; from the palm, the foot was discovered. Now while in the two palms with their fingers, ten inches are naturally complete. Though that’s the case, it is difficult for them to give real accurate distances and lengths because it gives only a rough idea of what units were used.


~ by Kenners on June 30, 2010.

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