Danny Silk - Math of the Maya and the end of the world

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Danny Silk describes Mayan base-20 mathematics and how that results in the end of the last day of history being December 12, 2012.

Danny Silk describes Mayan base-20 mathematics and how that results in the end of the last day of history being December 12, 2012.

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  • 1. Danny SilkMath of the Maya
  • 2. Goals for the ! Next 6 Minutes!| + | = ?!What is today’s date?!2013 = Myth or Reality?!
  • 3. Who Are the Maya, Anyway?!
  • 4. MATH! POINTS:! "ZEROES ARE IN! SO ARE ONES AND FIVES! AND TWENTIES! AND VERTICAL ALIGNMENTS! "...USUALLY!
  • 5. The “Ones” Place! 2 + 2 = 4 + =!
  • 6. | + | = ?! 5 + 5 =10!20!?!
  • 7. Base 10 Base 20!(Decimal) (Vigesimal)! 1,000,00 64,000,000!0 100,000 3,200,000! 10,000 160,000! 1,000! 8,000! 100! 400! 10! 20! 1! 1!
  • 8. 1! 400! 20! 6!20 5!20 4!20 3!20 2!20 1!20 0!20
  • 9. 1! 400! 160k! 64M! 20! 8k! 3.2M! 6!20 5!20 4!20 3!20 2!20 1!20 0!20
  • 10. 2 x 400!0 X 20 5 x 1!805
  • 11. The Calendar System! There are three!Tzolk’in: 260 days ! Long Count!(20 days x 13 Haab: 365 days (Long story)!months)! deterined byUsed in order to solar cycle!plan rituals!
  • 12. Calendar Round!Tzolk’in = 260 days !Haab = 365 days! Takes about 52 years to repeat! (No world-ending consequences.)!
  • 13. Calendar Round!The Calendar Round date is determined by 4 factors:!1) A cycle of 13 numbers, as part of the tzolk’in!2) A cycle of 20 day names, as part of the tzolk’in!3) A cycle of 18 months + a 5 day TODAY:! addition, as part of the haab!4) A cycle of 20 numbers (0-19), as Tzolkin: 8 Ik ! part of the haab! Haab: 10 Yak!
  • 14. Long Count!20 K’ins (day) "= 1 Winal!18 Winal " "= 1 Tun (360 days)!20 Tun " "= 1 Ka’Tun (‘decade’)!20 Ka’Tun "= 1 Baktun (‘century’)!20 Baktun "= 1 Pictun!20 Pictun "= 1 Calabtun!20 Calabtun "= 1 Kinchiltun!20 kinchiltun "= 1 Analtun (64 millionyears) Today’s Long Count: 12.19.18.14.2!
  • 15. So what’s the deal with 2012,anyway?! One number to blame:! 13.0.0.0.0!
  • 16. Last Great Cycle!Last Great Cycle: 13 August 3114 BC !Great Cycle last 13 baktuns-! " " " " or 5,125.36 years.!December 21, 2012: 13.0.0.0.0!
  • 17. Michael D. Coe
  • 18. WHEN IS THIS !EVER RELEVANT?!
  • 19. 5 x 400 = 2000! 0 x 20 = 0!12 x 1 = 12
  • 20. Thank You!Danny Silk