Why are There 60 Minutes in an Hour?

In the modern world, our lives are controlled by the clock to higher levels of precision than ever before. But how many of us stop to think why we divide time into such peculiar units? Why are there 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day?

In this article, from earlier this year, I set out to investigate these questions, delving into the numbering systems of ancient civilizations. The results reveal logical reasons for the origin of the time divisions we use today.

Originally published at Scienceray.com, the article now has a permanent home on this site.

Why are There 60 Minutes in an Hour?
We are all familiar with dividing our days into 24 hours and our hours into 60 minutes. But why do we use these particular units for measuring time?

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