Definition:Binary Notation

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Binary notation is the technique of expressing numbers in base $2$.

That is, every number $x \in \R$ is expressed in the form:

$\displaystyle x = \sum_{j \mathop \in \Z} r_j 2^j$

where $\forall j \in \Z: r_j \in \set {0, 1}$.

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Binary notation, like hexadecimal notation, has particular relevance in the field of computer science.

Historical Note

The earliest known reference to binary notation appears to be in a Chinese book dating from approximately $3000$ B.C.E.

In Europe, binary notation was invented by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz.

He associated God with $1$ and nothingness with $0$, and believed that it was mystically significant that all numbers could be built from $1$-ness and $0$-ness.