## Where did the base 10 number system come from?

Origin of Base-10 Base-10 is used in most modern civilizations and was the most common system for ancient civilizations, most likely because humans have 10 fingers. Egyptian hieroglyphs dating back to 3000 B.C. show evidence of a decimal system.

## Is there a reason we use base 10?

The base 10 system allows for simple explanations of hundred tens and units etc. Using a base two system such as the Arara tribe in the Amazon would get very repetitive and confusing rather quickly but on the other hand using a base 60 system it would take a long time until you exchange it for another to start again.

Who invented Base Ten?

Several civilisations developed positional notation independently, including the Babylonians, the Chinese and the Aztecs. By the 7th Century, Indian mathematicians had perfected a decimal (or base ten) positional system, which could represent any number with only ten unique symbols.

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Where did Arabic numerals originate?

India
Hindu-Arabic numerals, set of 10 symbols—1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 0—that represent numbers in the decimal number system. They originated in India in the 6th or 7th century and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the 12th century.

### Where did Arabic numbers originate?

Are Arabic numbers written right to left?

Though Arabic words are written and read in RTL (right-to-left) directionality, numbers are read left-to-right (LTR), just as they are in English. In Example 2 below, the circled numbers are read in the exact same direction and order as you would in English: 107, 68, and 236.

Where did English numbers come from?

The English words for numbers can be traced back to the original Indo-European language, but during the early Middle English period, English speakers began to borrow related number words from Greek, Latin and French.

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