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The untold history of "arabic" numerals

Not told in school


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Sometimes progress is very slow.


It took over three hundred years for arabic numerals - the numbers we use - to be adopted in Europe after their introduction.

The Church and others preferred Roman numerals - you know I, II, IV, X etc.

In 1299, Florence, Italy actually banned them.

The breakthrough took place in the 1500s. It's hard to imagine life without them, but there you do.

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