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How high can you count on your fingers? (Spoiler: much higher than 10) - James Tanton

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How high can you count on your fingers? It seems like a question with an obvious answer. After all, most of us have ten fingers -- or to be more precise, eight fingers and two thumbs. This gives us a total of ten digits on our two hands, which we use to count to ten. But is that really as high as we can go? James Tanton investigates.

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  • Educator James Tanton
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  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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