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Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?

 
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Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Why so many alphabets, but only one way to write numbers?
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12/31/2011 10:31 PM
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Decimal, hexadecimal, octal, binary.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
because the guy that cut his hair.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Why so many alphabets, but only one way to write numbers?
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Look dammit, I can't do math except pay the bills math. I tried for years to pass just regular math but all my teachers aid forget it. you're hopeless. So, i quit college becuz I couldn't finish without the math and i was taking Criminal Justice.

MY brain is not wired to do math or numbers where math counts. Sorry, all I know is survival math,where you get your measly pay check and pay the damn bills and have the last $30.00 left over at the end for gas the next week. and hope it will get you by.
And because nobody could teach me, I had to dropout of my college courses.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
because the guy that cut his hair.
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Slow down on the drinks a little. You aren't going to make it to midnight at this pace.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Decimal, hexadecimal, octal, binary.
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huh?? Why are numbers not written according to language? Someone who speaks english shouldn't be able to read numbers written in Arabic or Chinese. But that's not how it works. We all use the same writing for numbers. That makes no sense. Other than Roman numerals, I can't remember any other numbering system which was written in its own language.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Why so many alphabets, but only one way to write numbers?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1557341


Maybe you haven't heard:

ROMAN NUMERALS: MMXII

Japanese numbers: - =

Chinese numbers: - =

And who knows how many more systems? LOTS!!

The numbers we use currently are called "ARABIC NUMERALS" because Arabs invented them. But it sure isn't the only way to write numbers.
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Why so many alphabets, but only one way to write numbers?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1557341


Maybe you haven't heard:

ROMAN NUMERALS: MMXII

Japanese numbers: - =

Chinese numbers: - =

And who knows how many more systems? LOTS!!

The numbers we use currently are called "ARABIC NUMERALS" because Arabs invented them. But it sure isn't the only way to write numbers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 7620927


Maybe I was misinformed. I just Googled Russian numbers, Chinese numbers, Arabic numbers, etc...and each language DOES have its own representation in their writing.

The reason I thought of this is because in Hong Kong which is now Chinese, 2012 was written in "english".
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Maybe I was misinformed. I just Googled Russian numbers, Chinese numbers, Arabic numbers, etc...and each language DOES have its own representation in their writing.

The reason I thought of this is because in Hong Kong which is now Chinese, 2012 was written in "english".
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Well that isn't "English", it's "Arabic". English numbers would be "Two thousand and twelve".
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12/31/2011 10:57 PM
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
Read this

[link to en.wikipedia.org]

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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
"Arabic" numerals = Aryan numerals
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Re: Why are numbers universal, but languages so varied?
E=14 in HEX

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