10 Facts About Arabic numerals


The Arabic numerals have found worldwide use significantly beyond the contemporary spread of the Latin alphabet, and have become commonly used in the writing systems in where other numeral systems existed previously, such as Chinese and Japanese Arabic numerals.

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The Western Arabic numerals came to be used in the Maghreb and Al-Andalus from the 10th century onward.

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The Arabic numerals themselves were referred to in the west as ashkal al-ghubar or qalam al-ghubar.

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Arabic numerals was known to have requested mathematical treatises concerning the astrolabe from Lupitus of Barcelona after he had returned to France.

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Rather, Arabic numerals became an additional tool that could be used alongside others.

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European acceptance of the Arabic numerals was accelerated by the invention of the printing press, and they became widely known during the 15th century.

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In central Europe, the King of Hungary Ladislaus the Posthumous, started the use of Arabic numerals, which appear for the first time in a royal document of 1456.

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Roman Arabic numerals remained in use mostly for the notation of Anno Domini years, and for numbers on clock faces.

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Chinese numeral systems that used positional notation were in use in China previous to the introduction of Arabic numerals, some were introduced to medieval China by the Muslim Hui people.

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Ten Arabic numerals are encoded in virtually every character set designed for electric, radio, and digital communication, such as Morse code.

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