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When you check the time, you are making a Babylonian calculation. Dr Anne Curtis discovers the origins of 'base 60'. From 2009.

As you check the time rushing to work or boiling an egg, you are making a Babylonian calculation.

Dr Anne Curtis of the National Physical Laboratory discovers the origins of 'base 60'.

Five scientists look back to their ancient forebears and examine how much of that early knowledge still stands the test of time.

Producer: Erika Wright

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2009

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15 minutes

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