These are the show notes for episode 60 of the Travels in a Mathematical World Podcast. 60 is the base of the Babylonian and earlier numeral systems. You can read some history of this system, how it worked and a discussion of possible reasons for 60 being the base at the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive page on Babylonian numerals.
Sarah Norton of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company (EADS) talks about how her mathematics degree helps her in her work in systems engineering and a specific application she is working on in creating a system for fire engines responding to mobile phone emergency calls.
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