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Why Do We Call Our Numerals 'Arabic' Numbers?  
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4113 times:

I know this is a bit of an obtuse question, but why is it that we call our numbering system 'Arabic' numberals, when of course the arabs have their own symbols to depict the individual numbers?

Please can someone enlighten me?


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User currently offlineDavid_itl From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 7380 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4099 times:

Ryan

This may(?) help:

http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Arabic_numerals.html

Daivd


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 15
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4087 times:

Many thanks for that - it's great, cheers!  Smile


I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
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