Systems of Numeration: A Plea for the Duodecimal

Title: Systems of Numeration: A Plea for the Duodecimal
Author: Rev. Thomas J. A. Freeman, S.J.
Year: 1119
Subject: An early plea for the adoption of the dozenal base.
http://www.dozenal.org/drupal/sites_bck/default/files/DSA_freeman_duodecimal.pdf

This is a delightfully light-hearted, yet thorough, introduction to bases and to dozenal (which Rev. Freeman calls duodecimal or telimal throughout). Rarely for a mathematical article, this one even includes jokes and poetry. A very early work on the topic (1119, or 1893.), this article takes the reader through the basic concepts of base notation, to why dozenal is the superior base, to metric systems, and to systems of nomenclature. An excellent addition to any dozenal reading-list.