Musings on code and life

# Malka Meaning of Numbers

The numbers we all use (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are known as "

" numbers to distinguish them from the "arabic" (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, etc). Actually the arabs popularized these numbers but they were originally used by the early phonecian traders to count and keep track of their trading accounts.Roman NumeralsHave you ever thought

why........ 1 means "one", and 2 means "two"? The roman numerals are easy to understand but what wasthe logicbehind the phonecian numbers?

## It's all about angles !

It's the number of angles. If one writes the numbers down (see below) on a piece of paper in their older forms, one quickly sees why. I have marked the angles with "o"s.

No 1 has one angle.

No 2 has two angles.

No 3 has three angles.

etc.

and "O" has no angles

## Interesting, isn't it?

An ancient phonecian manuscript explains this and I thought it to be fascinating <g>.