The Arabic Numeral System


  • Sep 1 2010 12:22 PM

    John Garrett


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This article, from the Illuminations-reviewed History of Mathematics Archive, discusses how the Indian numerals that form the basis of the European number systems came first to the Arabic/Islamic peoples and then were transmitted to Europe. Information covered includes the different number systems used in the Arabic world, the development and transmission of the Indian number system, Arabic texts written to explain the Indian number system, and more.

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