Scales of Notation

  • W. S. Anglin
  • J. Lambek
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

The ancient Egyptian language belongs to the Hamito-Semitic group of languages. Like the Indo-European group, it contains a system of counting by tens, undoubtably arising from the habit of counting using one’s fingers. The notation used for writing numbers is also clearly based on the scale of ten. For some reason, standard French departs from decimal nomenclature; it expresses 97 as 4 times 20 plus 17. This seems odd, since it was the French who introduced the decimal system for weights and measures.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. S. Anglin
    • 1
  • J. Lambek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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