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Old 30th August 2005, 13:24   #106
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The history of Indian numerals

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The new numerals, which were invented, were not easy to influence other European inhabitant, especially the Romans. We must remember, when looking at history, and especially the history of mathematics, that what seems so obvious to us now, was not necessarily obvious the people who lived in the past. For them, a change in numeral system meant not merely learning an entire new principle for writing numbers but also becoming familiar with strange new symbols, which were unlike all others before. The zero symbol itself was a source of difficulty. People found it very hard to understand how it was that a symbol, which stood for nothing, could, when put next to a numeral, suddenly multiply its value ten-fold. Throughout this period of uncertainty there had been a number of mathematicians who had strongly supported the new numerals. One of these was the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. His book, the Liber Abaci, explains Arab arithmetic and algebra, and in it the strongly advocates use of the Hindu-Arabic numerals. No other single work contributed more towards the eventual triumph of the new numerals. Therefore, it was the mathematicians, rather than the astronomers, who ultimately ensure the almost universal adoption of the Hindu-Arabic numerals.
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Mods, IMHO this thread should be moved into the BEST THREADS catagory, as it has so much of information regarding the history of our great country and its trysts with destiny....
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Though slightly unrelated to topic...

The history of Indian numerals
Mayans too invented Zero independently like Indians.
http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/trave...yanumbers.html
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end result: they are wayyy ahead of us
You never know. At this moment they are ahead of us or so it looks like it. No one knows if this one child policy will have -ive or +ive effect in long term. I believe more in nature's selection than on communist...
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freedom?
define freedom
I really donít know... butttt a tank will definitely not roll over me for protesting against some govt policy or some thing like that. China could be leading in many area, but they miss one important thing. That country under communist has no soul. Donít even compare India with that country.

BTW One of my friend who came back from china recently, told me that shangai looks more like a ghost town. These tall skyscrapers are all over the place, but all of them are built by the communist party and the whole town looks more like one big govmt built housing board apartments. Its a lifeless monotonous city... that was his opinion. And the living standard of his counterpart there was no better that his, if not worse.
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You never know. At this moment they are ahead of us or so it looks like it. No one knows if this one child policy will have -ive or +ive effect in long term. I believe more in nature's selection than on communist...
sure no one knows how one child policy will work in future but we sure know that it is working for NOW
so the choice is ours slect the policy which works (atleast for now) or wait for next decade or two with no popultion control & just wait

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I really donít know... butttt a tank will definitely not roll over me for protesting against some govt policy or some thing like that. China could be leading in many area, but they miss one important thing
& what is wrong with it?
specially considering that it is the same country where a driver sits for meal on the same table as that of CEO of multi millionare company

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Donít even compare India with that country.
why? BECAUSE MERA BHARAT MAHAN ?
open your eyes

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BTW One of my friend who came back from china recently, told me that shangai looks more like a ghost town. These tall skyscrapers are all over the place, but all of them are built by the communist party and the whole town looks more like one big govmt built housing board apartments. Its a lifeless monotonous city... that was his opinion.
I have myself been to china. don't know what makes your friend think that Shanghai is a ghost city?
they are very good very well developed

i won't be posting on this in future as I have relised one thing
there is no point in telling someone about how much developed other countries are where the world is going, or even giving him sence of realism if all he wants to do is close his eyes & keep shouting MERA BHARAT MAHAN it has't taken us anywhere in 58 years it won't take us anywhere in next 100 years
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why? BECAUSE MERA BHARAT MAHAN ?
No.... because i felt...
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That country under communist has no soul
Communist, i feel, have killed the soul of that country... and in india there is still a chance for it to thrive.

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I have myself been to china. don't know what makes your friend think that Shanghai is a ghost city?
Well i wrote that based on talking to 2 different people who have visited china. Never been there myself...
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driver sits for meal on the same table as that of CEO of multi millionare company
Well there is nothing wrong with a CEO and driver of same company sitting on same table and eating their lunch. This is very much possible even in a corporate india. But whats wrong with rewarding a CEO much more than a taxi driver. Why do u think they both have to be in same level?? Man, socialism is dead.

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i won't be posting on this in future as I have relised one thing
Dont do that. Keep posting. Lets argue. I am open for discussion dude... very much open.

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all he wants to do is close his eyes & keep shouting MERA BHARAT MAHAN
Atleast i dont consciously do that...
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