Decimal arithmetic, was Re: Python GUI app to impress the boss?

Greg Ewing see_reply_address at something.invalid
Fri Oct 4 03:59:24 CEST 2002


Christian Tismer wrote:

> And see how simple they built their positional
> system, using just two symbols:
> http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Babylonian_numerals.html 


Although I suspect that scribes would quickly
have learned to recognise each "cluster" of
marks, drawn in a recognisable pattern,
as a single symbol, in which case there
were really 14 symbols (5 + 9).

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Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept,
University of Canterbury,	
Christchurch, New Zealand
http://www.cosc.canterbury.ac.nz/~greg




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