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The fact that base 60 has survived for thousands of years is a testament to its usefulness.

In addition to our standard base 10 numbering system, there are two others that deserve mention today. They are base 2 and base 16. Both of these are related to the invention of the modern computer. The very essence of modern computing is the concept that every number may be represented by combinations of 0 and 1. Base 16 is useful because computers process data in multiples of 4, 1111 in binary equals F in base 16, and it's easier for humans to work with 1 number than 4, so we convert from binary to hexadecimal. As the numbers becomes larger, the problem of readability becomes more and more important.