Found this interesting piece of information in course of my daily net surfing routine. Well, have you all ever wondered why do we write one as 1, two as 2..n so on and so forth. Actually, these numbers we all use (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are known as “Arabic ” numbers while I, II, III, IV, V, VI, etc as we all know are referred to as “Roman Numerals”.
The Arabs popularized these numbers but they were originally used by the early phonecian traders to count and keep track of their trading accounts.
Have you ever thought why …….. 1 means “one”, and 2 means “two”?
The roman numerals are easy to understand.(You all know the logic rite?..no? too bad..C’mon it’s simple….still wondering..? ok.. ok.. I will enlighten you all in another post … but when dunno.. 😛 )
Anyway, coming back to the Arabic numbers, any guesses as to what was the logic behind the phonecian numbers?
It’s all about angles! It’s the number of angles. If one writes the numbers down (refer the diagram) on a piece of paper in their older forms, one quickly sees why. Notice the angles with “o”s.
The number 1 has one angle.
The number 2 has two angles.
The number 3 has three angles etc.
and “O” has no angles!!
So there you go…now you know the angular logic behind these numbers!