The Origin of Numbers : Why 1 is One and 2 is Two

Posted in Inspiration , Off-Topic Thursday on 9 January 2010 11 comments

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 :)

Quoted from the email

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.

All credits to the author/creator.


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csaba says:

hi, I like this very much! have you heard about the vedic mathematics? worth reading and the role of the 0 is particularly intersting, how it has become and why to the part of the is related to life and death of course. If you like maths and geometry, check my friend’s site:

roeou says:

I just came across vedic mathematics. Thank you for the info it is a useful technique.

Stephen says:

You do know that this is a popular myth? Check out The “arabic numerals” actually came from India and was adapted by the Persians and then the Arabs.

Jason Pang says:

What about 0?

sprayette says:

It’s round. It has no angles.

So0lid says:

Actually, Arabic numbers are originally borrowed from India (now), but they are still used its original set of numbers as well, while the English numbers are borrowed from Arabic originally, i.e. 1, 2, 3…), meanwhile the Latin numbers are borrowed to be used in English, which are: I, II, III, IV, V, etc. in addition to those used of Arabic origin and this is not a myth..

Also, about 0 -> just simple, a circle has no angle so it’s 0.

aziz m arify says:

The numbers we use now are originally borrowed from India,and we are very much disturbed by them, becuase their zero for example is just a dot,while the original arabic no are used by the english speaking people are using the circular zero,remembering that the zero it self was an arabic invention.So if we could communicate so will in terms of science then why can we be so civilized and become like one loving nation.
azooz arify

Zadig says:

it is nice what you say. i wish everybody thinks like you (:

axelfender says:

may be the arabs had also invented the chewing gum and the hot water!!!!


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