The Semantics of Indian Numerals in Arabic, Greek and Latin

  title={The Semantics of Indian Numerals in Arabic, Greek and Latin},
  author={Charles Burnett},
  journal={Journal of Indian Philosophy},
  • C. Burnett
  • Published 1 April 2006
  • History
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy
This paper investigates the impact of Indian numerals on the mentality of Western scholars. What did they make of these strange shapes which apparently had such power in arithmetic? Never before had they been confronted with symbolic notation of such a kind. For Greek scholars, numbers were expressed by the familiar letters of the alphabet, marching through the units, tens and hundreds in approximately alphabetical order. For Latin scholars, the written numerals mimicked the arrangement of… 

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