Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Numbers and Angles

Received this in a forwarded email today, thought it was very interesting!

Have you ever thought why........ 1 means "one", and 2 means "two"?

The roman numerals are easy to understand but what was the logic behind 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.

The angles are marked with "o"s.

No 1 has one angle.
No 2 has two angles.
No 3 has three angles.

and "O" has no angles.

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