A Number System with Base −32

Lucia Rossi, Jörg Thuswaldner

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n the present article we explore a way to represent numbers with respect to the base −32 using the set of digits {0, 1, 2}. Although this number system shares several properties with the classical decimal system, it shows some remarkable differences and reveals interesting new features. For instance, it is related to the field of 2-adic numbers, and to a self-affine “fractal” set that gives rise to a tiling of a non-Euclidean space. Moreover, it has relations to Mahler’s 32-problem and to the Josephus problem.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-553
Number of pages15
JournalThe American mathematical monthly
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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