Numbers

Numbers are everywhere, photo by author
Numbers are everywhere, photo by author, Albuquerque, NM

Numbers

Nearly everyone knows that western math is based on nine digits and a zero, but if you refer to this system as Arabic numerals most  people will experience a disconnect. Here is an example from the Dan Brown bestseller, “The Lost Symbol”

 

a passage from “The Lost Symbol”  by Dan Brown

“The first is a Roman numeral,” Anderson said.

“I’m not sure. It looks like eighty-five in Arabic numbers.” (Said Professor Robert Langdon)

“Arabic?” Anderson asked. “They looked like normal numbers.”

“Our normal numbers are Arabic,” replied Langdon.

Numbers

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