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Zero, Zero!

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:25 pm
by Waterhorse
I have to say I like the numerical twist on the Force Morale Tracker.

It's a good thing to puzzle your mates with as to what's missing and why! :lol:

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:30 pm
by Archdukek
Since the Romans lacked a 0 in their numbering system it makes perfect sense. We have later Arab scholars to thank for it if anyone is wondering. :D

John

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:01 am
by Richard
Indeed. The Romans had no zero. I did wonder at school how they expressed that concept. ‘Nihil’ I suppose.

Rich

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:37 am
by DougM
I'm inevitably reminded of a poll in the US which came down emphatically on the side of not teaching 'Arab Numbers' in schools :)

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:51 am
by poiter50
So they would go back to the Roman/Latin way of numbering?
DougM wrote:
Wed Jul 08, 2020 7:37 am
I'm inevitably reminded of a poll in the US which came down emphatically on the side of not teaching 'Arab Numbers' in schools :)

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:18 am
by Richard
The poll was specifically designed to highlight the fact that the vast majority of people (in the UK as well as the US) are not aware that our numerals are arabic in origin. Like so much these days, it was intended to display the 'stupidity' of the sample group to an audience that considers itself intellectually and culturally superior. You can draw whatever conclusions you wish from that.

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:19 am
by agentbalzac
I'd be curious to understand how the poll numbers were displayed...

Proposition: Should we be teaching Arab Numbers in Schools?
For: 347
Against: MMCDLXXXIV
Abstentions: 0/?

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:39 am
by Peter
The abstention was clearly from the sub-continent.

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 10:44 am
by gcoops
Of course, "Arab Numerals" actually originated in India. They came to be called "Arab numerals" because they were introduced to Europeans in the 10th Century by Arab traders. Some of the earliest examples of their use can be found in the spire of Salisbury Cathedral, marking beams during the construction.

Re: Zero, Zero!

Posted: Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:53 pm
by Waterhorse
I recall my mother many years ago watching a travel documentary on TV. The presenters car was travelling somewhere in North Africa, or the Middle East and as it past a road sign she said "You know its funny how they have their own writing on the signs but they use our numbers!"

Er.... "Yeah well there's a reason for that ..............."