A brief history of number system

A brief history of number system

Numbers are the main base of Mathematics. There are only ten symbols from zero to nine to represent any numbers. we had no idea about zero at first, it was introduced by the Indians much later. But the question is where and how did these numbers come from? who invented this numbers? Why are there only ten symbols? This was exactly a long journey of mathematics. Our mathematical notation has evolved a lot since ancient times.

Egyptian

a heel bone for ten and a coil of a rope for hundred. Similarly, a lotus flower for one thousand, pointing finger for ten thousand, a tadpole for one lakh and an astonished man for ten lakhs.

Roman

Babylonian

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