Monday, 7 January 2013

xlix = 49

I just got confused about the baroque numbering of the preface of Narrow Roads of Gene Land, Vol. 2. Page 49 of the preface, for example, is given as xlix and I'm pretty sure that must be il instead. But what about xix (19) or xxxix (39)? Wouldn't it be simpler to write them as ixx and xil respectively? I'm confused.