Monday, January 11, 2010

History of Numbers

'A number is a mathematical object used in counting and measuring. A notational symbol which represents a number is called a numeral, but in common usage the word number is used for both the abstract object and the symbol, as well as for the word for the number. In addition to their use in counting and measuring, numerals are often used for labels (telephone numbers), for ordering (serial numbers), and for codes (ISBNs). In mathematics, the definition of number has been extended over the years to include such numbers as 0, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, and complex numbers.' wikipedia
Another interesting factor to note is that numbers is a form of a universal language and appears in every civilization.
Task 1: View the following video to have a better perspective of maths
history of Maths
Identify 3 points that you have discovered from the video.

Task 2: Number System through the years
Identify a civilization and do a brief presentation of not more than 1 minute on the number system of the chosen civilization. You may identify, if any, a key pattern of the number system of that civilization with our present number system. You may choose any more of on-line presentation and upload to this site.
references for consideration:


  1. Victor
    The post of the numerals:

  2. The post for both tasks are on this website:

  3. Well done to the 2 groups - waiting in anticipation to the others