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This MATH . L  axiom was

set up in 2007, January

by Michael Florencetime.

 The « Bi lo bi la bi. »  That is the hexadecimal multiplication table.

A mathematical poem in onety-one stanzas with onety-one lines each stanza. Totally one hundred twonety-one sentences.

Factor :


Read with universal

number names ( UNN )

Read as  English hexadecimal numerals



0x 0

0x 1

0x 2

0x 3

0x 4

0x 5

0x 6

0x 7

0x 8

0x 9

0x a

0x b

0x c

0x d

0x e

0x f

0x 10


Without or

including the insignificant noughts.

Notice :

If at the first, it seems to be easier to learn the table

without the not-necessary syllables like qe- and -qi.

However the official version of the poem pronounce

the oneties zero for the good rhythm of the poem.

Like it also shows this extra-stanza to the right.

(The meaning of « bir-pi » is literally: one power two.)

Bir-pi la bi.

Qebi, qefi, qeji, be;

Beji, pefi, vebi, fe.

Zebi, sefi, deji, je;

Ceji, kefi, xebi, ba.

Voilà, the beautiful power two extra-stanza.

Example, with both number names.  One will learn the hexadecimal numerals both in one's language and the universal ones.


If the hexadecimal physical units can be pronounced according to the usages of the concerned national language, example:

hexa-u-metre in English language gives IPA : , on the contrary the hexadecimal universal numerals must

be pronounced in the very same way, all around the world, by keeping the same orthography. That is logical and intelligible.

For English native speakers, here, a short summary for reading and writing of the new universal number names  ( UNN ) :

The consonants:


B, P, V, F, Z, S, D  &  T  as usual.


J  is always , like English si in television, never .


C  is always , like English sh in ship.


G  is always , like English g in gift, never , like gin.


K  &  Y as usual.


X  is German ich  or ach , like Scotch ch in Loch, however, more forward than the Spanish jota .


W  as usual.


Q  is glottal stop , i.e. a "hard attack" at the following vowel, indeed already noted in some languages.


H  &  M  as usual.


The vowels:



The five vowels  I,  E, A, O  &  U  keep their Italian pronunciation.

That means, their original meaning as clear and undiluted vowels.


The tonical accents of the numerals and modest stresses of their pure vowels didn't be regulated.

This is relinquished to the good feeling of each and every one, worldwide.

That's all.  Postscript :  An interesting question stays :  Why Cicero didn't spell his name Kikero?

Examples for the four basic operations and the equation, expressed by the syllabels:  lu, lo, la, le  &  li.



BT + K = PF

Onety-eight plus twelve
is twonety-four.

Beti lu ki la  pefi.




Four hundred multiplied by four
is one thousand.

Fa lo fi la  bo.




Ninety equals twelve
 to its second power.

Je la kir-pi.




One thousand divided by four
is four hundred.

Bo le fi la  fa.





One hundred minus one hundred and eight
is minus eight.

Ba li bati la

 n ti.


The negative values may be expressed by the prefix n-.


Two printable .doc versions:

The hexadecimal multiplication table

with SHOL-digits


with UNN-syllables.


Then, last not least  – of course –  the official version of the poem as .doc-document.


This page is online since 2007, January 30