Why an hour is 60 minutues, a minute is 60 seconds?

jigsawtrading

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Hi folks,

Have you ever wondered why an hour is 60 minutes, a minute is 60 seconds?

Who decided on these time divisions?
 

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"The division of the hour into 60 minutes and of the minute into 60 seconds comes from the Babylonians who used a sexagesimal (counting in 60s) system for mathematics and astronomy. They derived their number system from the Sumerians who were using it as early as 3500 BC."
- Source: Google

I'd assume the same is true for the hour.
 

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That's an interesting one, thanks for the share. I would never have thought the Babylonians! and I've been studying the Babylonian civilisation lately and did not come across that. Clever chappies!
 

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Seems pretty legit to me, this is something that I had never ever thought about before. But I am always happy to learn something new.
 
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