Math In the 15th and 16th centuries Counting by tens and tenths
By: Manuela Gómez, Sofía Melo, and Alejandro Gamboa
The 15th and 16th century marks the transition between the Medieval Ages, and the Renaissance. It is a time in which many advances and discoveries are made in all fields of science. There were many different mathematical advances during these two centuries, including the development of the actual metric and decimal system. It was developed by people such as John Wilkins, and Simon Stevin.
Before the metric/decimal system, parts of the body were used to measure things. For example, an inch was about the length of the thumb's first joint, and a cubit (unit to measure Noah's Ark) was probably the length of a man's forearm from elbow to fingertip. The decimal metric system was agreed upon as a common unit of measurement much later, but was created in these two centuries.