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How Our Number System Came to be
Transcript of How Our Number System Came to be
numbers in 100 BC. The Indians
used it in 600 BC for computing
debts. The Greeks did not understand it until 3rd century AD. They thought it was fake and confusing. The invention of fractions can be traced to the ancient Eygptians. In 1800 BC they made the Kahun Papyrus that discusses fractions and other mathematical topics. Euclid's "Elements" are the best known about the topic for the Greeks. Zero was used by the Mayans, Egyptians, Babylonians and Indians. The Greeks were puzzled by this, and developed many philosophies on the subject. It was referred to as "the emptiness" by the Indians. THE END! An Indian text, the Sulba Sutra, expounds on irrational numbers. This text dates from 800 BC to 500 BC. Hippasus, a follower of Pythagoras, is credited for discovering irrational numbers at around the same time. Sadly, Hippasus was put to death by Pythagoras, for Pythagoras refused to believe in irrational numbers.