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The HINDU–ARABIC NUMERAL SYSTEM (also called the ARABIC NUMERAL SYSTEM or HINDU NUMERAL SYSTEM) a positional decimal numeral system , is the most common system for the symbolic representation of numbers in the world. It was invented between the 1st and 4th centuries by Indian mathematicians . The system was adopted in Arabic
Arabic
mathematics by the 9th century. Influential were the books of Muḥammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī (_On the Calculation with Hindu
Hindu
Numerals_, c.825) and Al-Kindi (_On the Use of the Hindu
Hindu
Numerals_, c.830). The system later spread to medieval Europe
Europe
by the High Middle Ages .

The system is based upon ten (originally nine) different glyphs . The symbols (glyphs) used to represent the system are in principle independent of the system itself. The glyphs in actual use are descended from Brahmi numerals and have split into various typographical variants since the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
.

These symbol sets can be divided into three main families: Arabic numerals used in the Greater Maghreb and in Europe
Europe
, Eastern Arabic numerals (also called "Indic numerals") used in the Middle East
Middle East
, and the Indian numerals used in the Indian subcontinent .

This numerical system is still used worldwide today.

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology * 2 Positional notation

* 3 Symbols

* 3.1 Glyph comparison

* 4 History

* 4.1 Predecessors * 4.2 Possible Chinese origin * 4.3 Development * 4.4 Adoption in Europe
Europe
* 4.5 Adoption in East Asia
East Asia
* 4.6 Spread of the Western Arabic
Arabic
variant

* 5 See also * 6 Notes * 7 References * 8 Bibliography

ETYMOLOGY

The Hindu- Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
were invented by mathematicians in India. Perso- Arabic
Arabic
mathematicians called them " Hindu
Hindu
numerals" (where "Hindu " meant Indian). Later they came to be called " Arabic
Arabic
numerals" in Europe, because they were introduced to the West by Arab merchants.

POSITIONAL NOTATION

Main articles: Positional notation and 0 (number)

The Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
system is designed for positional notation in a decimal system. In a more developed form, positional notation also uses a decimal marker (at first a mark over the ones digit but now more usually a decimal point or a decimal comma which separates the ones place from the tenths place), and also a symbol for "these digits recur _ad infinitum _". In modern usage, this latter symbol is usually a vinculum (a horizontal line placed over the repeating digits). In this more developed form, the numeral system can symbolize any rational number using only 13 symbols (the ten digits, decimal marker, vinculum, and a prepended dash to indicate a negative number ).

Although generally found in text written with the Arabic
Arabic
abjad ("alphabet"), numbers written with these numerals also place the most-significant digit to the left, so they read from left to right. The requisite changes in reading direction are found in text that mixes left-to-right writing systems with right-to-left systems.

SYMBOLS

Various symbol sets are used to represent numbers in the Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
numeral system, most of which developed from the Brahmi numerals .

The symbols used to represent the system have split into various typographical variants since the Middle Ages
Middle Ages
, arranged in three main groups:

* The widespread Western " Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
" used with the Latin , Cyrillic , and Greek alphabets in the table, descended from the "West Arabic
Arabic
numerals" which were developed in al-Andalus and the Maghreb (there are two typographic styles for rendering western Arabic numerals, known as lining figures and text figures ). * The "Arabic–Indic" or "Eastern Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
" used with Arabic
Arabic
script, developed primarily in what is now Iraq
Iraq
. A variant of the Eastern Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
is used in Persian and Urdu. * The Indian numerals in use with scripts of the Brahmic family
Brahmic family
in India and Southeast Asia. Each of the roughly dozen major scripts of India has its own numeral glyphs (as one will note when perusing Unicode character charts).

GLYPH COMPARISON

# # # # # # # # # # Script See

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Latin script Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals

〇/零 一 二 三 四 五 六 七 八 九 East Asia
East Asia
Chinese numerals , Japanese numerals , Korean numerals

ο/ō Αʹ Βʹ Γʹ Δʹ Εʹ Ϛʹ Ζʹ Ηʹ Θʹ Modern Greek Greek numerals

א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט Hebrew
Hebrew
Hebrew numerals

० १ २ ३ ४ ५ ६ ७ ८ ९ Devanagari
Devanagari
Indian numerals

૦ ૧ ૨ ૩ ૪ ૫ ૬ ૭ ૮ ૯ Gujarati

੦ ੧ ੨ ੩ ੪ ੫ ੬ ੭ ੮ ੯ Gurmukhi

༠ ༡ ༢ ༣ ༤ ༥ ༦ ༧ ༨ ༩ Tibetan

০ ১ ২ ৩ ৪ ৫ ৬ ৭ ৮ ৯ Assamese / Bengali / Sylheti Bengali-Assamese numerals

೦ ೧ ೨ ೩ ೪ ೫ ೬ ೭ ೮ ೯ Kannada
Kannada

୦ ୧ ୨ ୩ ୪ ୫ ୬ ୭ ୮ ୯ Odia

൦ ൧ ൨ ൩ ൪ ൫ ൬ ൭ ൮ ൯ Malayalam
Malayalam

௦ ௧ ௨ ௩ ௪ ௫ ௬ ௭ ௮ ௯ Tamil Tamil numerals

0 ౧ ౨ ౩ ౪ ౫ ౬ ౭ ౮ ౯ Telugu

០ ១ ២ ៣ ៤ ៥ ៦ ៧ ៨ ៩ Khmer Khmer numerals

๐ ๑ ๒ ๓ ๔ ๕ ๖ ๗ ๘ ๙ Thai Thai numerals

໐ ໑ ໒ ໓ ໔ ໕ ໖ ໗ ໘ ໙ Lao

၀ ၁ ၂ ၃ ၄ ၅ ၆ ၇ ၈ ၉ Burmese

٠ ١ ٢ ٣ ٤ ٥ ٦ ٧ ٨ ٩ Arabic
Arabic
Eastern Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals

۰ ۱ ۲ ۳ ۴ ۵ ۶ ۷ ۸ ۹ Persian (Farsi) / Dari / Pashto

Urdu / Shahmukhi

As in many numbering systems, the numbers 1, 2, and 3 represent simple tally marks ; 1 being a single line, 2 being two lines (now connected by a diagonal) and 3 being three lines (now connected by two vertical lines). After three, numbers tend to become more complex symbols (examples are the Chinese numerals and Roman numerals ). Theorists believe that this is because it becomes difficult to instantaneously count objects past three .

HISTORY

Main article: History of the Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
numeral system

Despite being described as the "Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
numeral system", the corpus incorporates elements from earlier: Egyptian (decimal system with a glyph for Zero), Babylonian (Positional notation), Hellenistic (ο/ō glyphs for Zero), and Chinese (notation for fractions) works; in addition to a mathematical methodology developed by Indian mathematicians, and in use extensively throughout India, before being adopted by Perso- Arabic
Arabic
mathematicians in Baghdad
Baghdad
.

PREDECESSORS

The Brahmi numerals at the basis of the system predate the Common Era . They replaced the earlier Kharosthi numerals used since the 4th century BC. Brahmi and Kharosthi numerals were used alongside one another in the Maurya Empire period, both appearing on the 3rd century BC edicts of Ashoka .

Buddhist
Buddhist
inscriptions from around 300 BC use the symbols that became 1, 4 and 6. One century later, their use of the symbols that became 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9 was recorded. These Brahmi numerals are the ancestors of the Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
glyphs 1 to 9, but they were not used as a positional system with a zero , and there were rather separate numerals for each of the tens (10, 20, 30, etc.).

The actual numeral system, including positional notation and use of zero, is in principle independent of the glyphs used, and significantly younger than the Brahmi numerals.

POSSIBLE CHINESE ORIGIN

5625 243 = 23 36 243 {displaystyle {tfrac {5625}{243}}=23{tfrac {36}{243}}} 10th century Kushyar ibn Labban division Sunzi division algorithm of 400AD 6561 9 = 729 {displaystyle {tfrac {6561}{9}}=729} 46468 324 = 143 136 324 {displaystyle {tfrac {46468}{324}}=143{tfrac {136}{324}}} Khwarizmi
Khwarizmi
division of 825AD, completely identical to Sun Zi division algorithm

Singaporean historian of mathematics Lam Lay Yong (National University of Singapore) claims that the computation in _Kitab al-Fusul fi al-Hisab al Hindi_ (925) by al-Uqlidisi, and another Latin translation of the Arab manuscript written by the Persian mathematician Khwarizmi
Khwarizmi
(825), are completely identical to algorithms for square root extraction, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in the rod calculus described in _ Sunzi Suanjing _, which was written five centuries earlier. Yong claims that these methods are too identical to be explained by independent development, and promotes a theory of Chinese origin of the Hindu- Arabic
Arabic
numerals.

DEVELOPMENT

The "Galley " method of division.

The place-value system is used in the Bakhshali Manuscript
Bakhshali Manuscript
. Although date of the composition of the manuscript is uncertain, the language used in the manuscript indicates that it could not have been composed any later than 400. The development of the positional decimal system takes its origins in Hindu
Hindu
mathematics during the Gupta period . Around 500, the astronomer Aryabhata
Aryabhata
uses the word _kha_ ("emptiness") to mark "zero" in tabular arrangements of digits. The 7th century _Brahmasphuta Siddhanta _ contains a comparatively advanced understanding of the mathematical role of zero . The Sanskrit translation of the lost 5th century Prakrit Jaina cosmological text _ Lokavibhaga
Lokavibhaga
_ may preserve an early instance of positional use of zero.

These Indian developments were taken up in Islamic mathematics in the 8th century, as recorded in al-Qifti 's _Chronology of the scholars_ (early 13th century).

The numeral system came to be known to both the Perso-Arabic mathematician Khwarizmi
Khwarizmi
, who wrote a book, _On the Calculation with Hindu
Hindu
Numerals_ in about 825, and the Arab mathematician Al-Kindi , who wrote four volumes, _On the Use of the Hindu
Hindu
Numerals_ (كتاب في استعمال العداد الهندي ) around 830. These earlier texts did not use the Hindu
Hindu
numerals. Kushyar ibn Labban who wrote _Kitab fi usul hisab al-hind (Principles of Hindu
Hindu
Reckoning )_ is one of the oldest surviving manuscripts using the Hindu
Hindu
numerals. These books are principally responsible for the diffusion of the Hindu system of numeration throughout the Islamic world and ultimately also to Europe.

The first dated and undisputed inscription showing the use of a symbol for zero appears on a stone inscription found at the Chaturbhuja Temple at Gwalior
Gwalior
in India, dated 876.

In 10th century Islamic mathematics , the system was extended to include fractions , as recorded in a treatise by Syrian mathematician Abu\'l-Hasan al-Uqlidisi in 952–953.

ADOPTION IN EUROPE

The bottom row shows the numeral glyphs as they appear in type in German incunabula (Nicolaus Kesler, Basel
Basel
, 1486) Main article: Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals

In Christian Europe, the first mention and representation of Hindu- Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
(from one to nine, without zero), is in the _ Codex Vigilanus _, an illuminated compilation of various historical documents from the Visigothic period in Spain , written in the year 976 by three monks of the Riojan monastery of San Martín de Albelda . Between 967 and 969, Gerbert of Aurillac discovered and studied Arab science in the Catalan abbeys. Later he obtained from these places the book _De multiplicatione et divisione_ (_On multiplication and division_). After becoming Pope Sylvester II in the year 999, he introduced a new model of abacus , the so-called Abacus of Gerbert , by adopting tokens representing Hindu-Arab numerals, from one to nine.

Leonardo Fibonacci brought this system to Europe. His book _Liber Abaci _ introduced Arabic
Arabic
numerals, the use of zero, and the decimal place system to the Latin world. The numeral system came to be called "Arabic" by the Europeans. It was used in European mathematics from the 12th century, and entered common use from the 15th century to replace Roman numerals . Robert of Chester translated the Latin into English.

The familiar shape of the Western Arabic
Arabic
glyphs as now used with the Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
(0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) are the product of the late 15th to early 16th century, when they enter early typesetting . Muslim scientists used the Babylonian numeral system , and merchants used the Abjad numerals , a system similar to the Greek numeral system and the Hebrew
Hebrew
numeral system . Similarly, Fibonacci's introduction of the system to Europe
Europe
was restricted to learned circles. The credit for first establishing widespread understanding and usage of the decimal positional notation among the general population goes to Adam Ries , an author of the German Renaissance , whose 1522 _Rechenung auff der linihen und federn_ was targeted at the apprentices of businessmen and craftsmen.

*

Gregor Reisch , _Madame Arithmatica_, 1508 *

A calculation table (de), used for arithmetic using Roman numerals *

Adam Ries , _Rechenung auff der linihen und federn_, 1522 *

Two arithmetic books published in 1514—Köbel (left) using a calculation table and Böschenteyn using numerals *

Adam Ries , _Rechenung auff der linihen und federn_ (2nd Ed.), 1525 *

Robert Recorde , _The ground of artes_, 1543 *

Peter Apian , _Kaufmanns Rechnung_, 1527 *

Adam Ries , _Rechenung auff der linihen und federn_ (2nd Ed.), 1525

ADOPTION IN EAST ASIA

In AD 690
690
, Empress Wu promulgated Zetian characters , one of which was "〇". The word is now used as a synonym for the number zero.

In China
China
, Gautama Siddha introduced Hindu
Hindu
numerals with zero in 718, but Chinese mathematicians did not find them useful, as they had already had the decimal positional counting rods .

In Chinese numerals, a circle (〇) is used to write zero in Suzhou numerals . Many historians think it was imported from Indian numerals by Gautama Siddha in 718, but some Chinese scholars think it was created from the Chinese text space filler "□".

Chinese and Japanese finally adopted the Hindu– Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
in the 19th century, abandoning counting rods.

SPREAD OF THE WESTERN ARABIC VARIANT

An Arab telephone keypad with both the Western " Arabic
Arabic
numerals" and the Arabic
Arabic
"Arabic–Indic numerals" variants.

The "Western Arabic" numerals as they were in common use in Europe since the Baroque
Baroque
period have secondarily found worldwide use together with the Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
, and even significantly beyond the contemporary spread of the Latin alphabet
Latin alphabet
, intruding into the writing systems in regions where other variants of the Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
numerals had been in use, but also in conjunction with Chinese and Japanese writing (see Chinese numerals , Japanese numerals ).

SEE ALSO

* Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals
* Decimal
Decimal
* Positional notation * Numeral system * History of mathematics * 0 (number)

NOTES

* ^ David Eugene Smith and Louis Charles Karpinski , The Hindu– Arabic
Arabic
Numerals, 1911 * ^ William Darrach Halsey, Emanuel Friedman (1983). _Collier\'s Encyclopedia, with bibliography and index_. When the Arabian empire was expanding and contact was made with India, the Hindu
Hindu
numeral system and the early algorithms were adopted by the Arabs * ^ Brezina, Corona (2006), _Al-Khwarizmi: The Inventor of Algebra_, The Rosen Publishing Group, pp. 39–40, ISBN 978-1-4042-0513-0 : "Historians have speculated on al-Khwarizmi's native language. Since he was born in a former Persian province, he may have spoken the Persian language. It is also possible that he spoke Khwarezmian, a language of the region that is now extinct." * ^ Rowlett, Russ (2004-07-04), _Roman and "Arabic" Numerals_, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , retrieved 2009-06-22 * ^ _Language may shape human thought_, _New Scientist_, news service, Celeste Biever, 19:00 19 August 2004. * ^ Flegg (2002), p. 6ff. * ^ Lam Lay Yong : "The Development of Hindu- Arabic
Arabic
and Traditional Chinese Arithmetic", _Chinese Science_ 13 (1996) p45 diagram i to viii * ^ Lam Lay Yong, "The Development of Hindu- Arabic
Arabic
and Traditional Chinese Arithmetic", _Chinese Science_, 1996 p38, Kurt Vogel notation * ^ Lam Lay Yong, _Fleeting Footsteps_ ISBN 981-02-3696-4 * ^ Lam Lay Yong, An Tian Se, _Fleeting Footsteps_, p47 * ^ Lam Lay Yong, An Tian Se, _Fleeting Footsteps_, p42-44 * ^ Lam Lay Yong, An Tian Se, _Fleeting Footsteps_, p143 * ^ Pearce, Ian (May 2002). "The Bakhshali manuscript". The MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Retrieved 2007-07-24. * ^ Ifrah, G. The Universal History of Numbers: From prehistory to the invention of the computer. John Wiley and Sons Inc., 2000. Translated from the French by David Bellos, E.F. Harding, Sophie Wood and Ian Monk * ^ al-Qifti 's _Chronology of the scholars_ (early 13th century): _... a person from India presented himself before the Caliph
Caliph
al-Mansur in the year 776 who was well versed in the siddhanta method of calculation related to the movement of the heavenly bodies, and having ways of calculating equations based on the half-chord calculated in half-degrees ... Al-Mansur ordered this book to be translated into Arabic, and a work to be written, based on the translation, to give the Arabs a solid base for calculating the movements of the planets ..._ * ^ Martin Levey and Marvin Petruck, Principles of Hindu
Hindu
Reckoning, translation of Kushyar ibn Labban Kitab fi usul hisab al-hind, p3, University of Wisconsin Press, 1965 * ^ Bill Casselman (February 2007). "All for Nought". _Feature Column_. AMS. * ^ Berggren, J. Lennart (2007). "Mathematics in Medieval Islam". _The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourcebook_. Princeton University Press. p. 518. ISBN 978-0-691-11485-9 . * ^ _A_ _B_ Qian, Baocong (1964), _Zhongguo Shuxue Shi (The history of Chinese mathematics)_, Beijing: Kexue Chubanshe * ^ Wáng, Qīngxiáng (1999), _Sangi o koeta otoko (The man who exceeded counting rods)_, Tokyo: Tōyō Shoten, ISBN 4-88595-226-3

REFERENCES

* Flegg, Graham (2002). _Numbers: Their History and Meaning_. Courier Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-42165-1 . * The Arabic
Arabic
numeral system – MacTutor History of Mathematics

BIBLIOGRAPHY

* Menninger, Karl W. (1969). Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers. MIT Press. ISBN 0-262-13040-8 . * On the genealogy of modern numerals by Edward Clive Bayley

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