Pictures below should explain clearly the origin of numbers. I got this email from my friend. Now I am sharing it with you guys. Enjoy :)
The numbers we write are made up of algorithms, (1, 2, 3, 4, etc) called arabic algorithms, to distinguish them from roman algorithms (I, II, III, IV, etc)
The Arabs popularise these algorithms, but their origin goes back to the phenecian merchant that used them to count and do their commercial contability.
Have you ever asked why 1 is “one” and 2 is “two”? What is the logic that exist in the arabic algorithms?
Look at these algorithms written in their primitive form.
And the most interesting of all.
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