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Monday, April 24, 2017
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Biblical Numerals

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Although the Babylonian number system accommodates fractional and decimal values, (all positive, real numbers) the Roman does not. Neither can Roman numeral represent integers larger than 999,999. This software ignores any fractional or decimal portion of an arabic number but does not limit its size.


Modern Arabic Numerals


Roman Numerals
lowercase indicates a line over the letter meaning multiply by 1,000

Babylonian Numerals



Voila!
(pronounced wala) A Babylonian having lived 5,000 years ago could read this. Their math was as complex as ours. Their everyday math was more complex than ours. Street merchants routinely did math which the average modern finds impossible. They did exponents, multiplication and division with tables of squares and cubes.

Under all that elaborately styled and carefully groomed hair, these guys had brains. These guys were no dummies. Sumerian peoples living between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers had been using a glyphic written language for a few millennia when about 5,000 years ago, they were invaded and conquered by Semitic people who brought phonetic spelling, and mathematics, curiously with out previous history of its development.

Jerry