University of Atlantia

Course Detail

From II to 2: Ancient to Modern Numeral Systems

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Instructor:
Malikah bint Musa al-Katibia


Instructor's Kingdom: Atlantia, Time Zone: EST
University Session:
UA82 June 9, 2012
Crs #:
406
Date:
Sat Jun 09
Time:
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fee:
Length:
1 hr
Credits:
1
Attendees:
7/20
Room:
232
Course Category:
Arts & Sciences
Track:
Sciences
Description
Tally marks and cuneiform, Roman numerals and Hindu-Arabic numerals; the numbers we use and the ways in which we understand numbers change with the ages. In this class we will examine various numeral systems beginning with ancient Babylon continuing through the introduction of Hindu-Arabic numerals and the decimal point in the 10th century. We will discuss the benefits and difficulties of working with each of these systems as well as the great debate between Roman numerals and the "new" Arabic numerals in Medieval Europe. This is primarily a history class, you do NOT need to be good at math to take this class.