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Old 10-30-2013, 11:59 AM   #31
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Seems to be an age-appropriate solution.
It's not nice to call people old.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 02:03 PM   #32
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I'd like to mention that the numerals that we use today are not Arabic, although that is what everyone mistakenly believes. They are Hindu numerals.
Yes. That's clearly stated in the Wikipedia article
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An Indian mathemetician invented it 800 years before the Arabs are claimed to have.
Well, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī never made that claim, nor Arabs AFAIK. That's actually European that called them Arab numerals, because they were brought to them by someone they assumed was an Arab. By he way, even nowadays I don't think that Iranian people consider themselves as Arabs at all, but that's another topic

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Old 10-30-2013, 05:06 PM   #33
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Well, Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī never made that claim, nor Arabs AFAIK. That's actually European that called them Arab numerals, because they were brought to them by someone they assumed was an Arab. By he way, even nowadays I don't think that Iranian people consider themselves as Arabs at all, but that's another topic
Nope, Iranians are Persian. And they speak Farsi, not Arabic.
 
Old 10-30-2013, 05:16 PM   #34
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OK, folk, take a look at the article at Princeton University (http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tm..._numerals.html. Developed by Indian mathematicians, passed on the Persian mathematicians in India and passed on to Arabs further west, entering Europe in the Middle Ages (possibly via the Moors in Spain, I've read elsewhere but don't know that for sure).

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Old 10-30-2013, 05:23 PM   #35
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At least it's a good thing the Romans did not invent the internet. I would not want to have IP addresses like "XXIV.VIII.CCXXLI.CVI".
 
Old 10-30-2013, 05:26 PM   #36
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At least it's a good thing the Romans did not invent the internet. I would not want to have IP addresses like "XXIV.VIII.CCXXLI.CVI".
Even worse when we upgrade to IPvVI.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 11:19 PM   #37
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What did the Romans ever do for us?
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:03 AM   #38
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It's been fun, thanks for all the suggestions (and tongue-firmly-in-cheek suggestions, too!).

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