Hello,

Cool story about how Arabic Numerals got their shapes. This font does not do them justice, but I will attempt to explain.

Using the original symbols, where eight is all straight lines, and 7 has a slash through it, you will see something interesting. All of the angles in each numeral add up to the number it represents.

1 <- one angle, on top.

2 <- originally drawn like Z, two angles

3 <- originally drawn like a sigma, three angles

4 <- four angles, top, left, right, and just below the right one

5 <- five angles

6 <- originally all straight lines, six angles

7 <- originally with a line through the middle, seven angles

8 <- originally all straight lines, eight angles

9 <- it used to have a small tail on the bottom end, making nine

0 <- its a circle! no angles!

Just an interesting story.

wow, quite interesting. Thanks for sharing

Sure thing. Interesting to know how our number system works, huh?

I remember my history teacher trying to explain this to me for about 3 weeks in middle school. You did better than that in about 15 seconds...

Thanks.

Indeed. Actually I'm working on something real quick for the calc (basic) to use arabic (well... 7 segment) numbers to display a number you type in

Lol I beat a history teacher in 15 seconds? I feel accomplished!

Yeah! and I'm sure any of you guys could beat my Pre-Algebra Teacher in half of that.

Oh yeah, I can take out any math teacher in moments.

Good to know hahaha. Hey, perchance are you decent enough in C++ or Java to help me figure it out? Just about every tutorial online sucks balls.

I will help you with C# if you wish.

**SirCmpwn wrote:**

Hello,

Cool story about how Arabic Numerals got their shapes. This font does not do them justice, but I will attempt to explain.

Using the original symbols, where eight is all straight lines, and 7 has a slash through it, you will see something interesting. All of the angles in each numeral add up to the number it represents.

1 <- one angle, on top.

2 <- originally drawn like Z, two angles

3 <- originally drawn like a sigma, three angles

4 <- four angles, top, left, right, and just below the right one

5 <- five angles

6 <- originally all straight lines, six angles

7 <- originally with a line through the middle, seven angles

8 <- originally all straight lines, eight angles

9 <- it used to have a small tail on the bottom end, making nine

0 <- its a circle! no angles!

Just an interesting story.

Huh, that's some fascinating stuff right there! Kudos, SirCmpwn.
**SirCmpwn wrote:**

Hello,

Cool story about how Arabic Numerals got their shapes. This font does not do them justice, but I will attempt to explain.

Using the original symbols, where eight is all straight lines, and 7 has a slash through it, you will see something interesting. All of the angles in each numeral add up to the number it represents.

1 <- one angle, on top.

2 <- originally drawn like Z, two angles

3 <- originally drawn like a sigma, three angles

4 <- four angles, top, left, right, and just below the right one

5 <- five angles

6 <- originally all straight lines, six angles

7 <- originally with a line through the middle, seven angles

8 <- originally all straight lines, eight angles

9 <- it used to have a small tail on the bottom end, making nine

0 <- its a circle! no angles!

Just an interesting story.

http://arabicnumerals.tripod.com/
**SirCmpwn wrote:**

I will help you with C# if you wish.

That may become an option at some point in the near future. I'm currently working on an idea for a PC based software. I have very little (practically no) knowledge of C++, Java, C#, or Visual Basic. I am taking a Java course this coming year, but I'd rather get a head start if I can so that I can work on the project and (hopefully) have it finished before Christmas break. At the moment I have enough on my mind (mainly summer work and the Omnimaga Contest Entry) but I'll definetely get back to you sometime soon about that.
Cool!

Ultdev, 1-up'd.

@svakk your local library (the physical kind) can be a great asset to you: look for ap cs a/ab prep books for a crash course in java. Also, c# (.Net goodness) and java are syntax-wise quite similar. Have you had any eperience with object oriented programming?

**Ultimate Dev'r wrote:**

Hotlinking complete fail, but nifty link nonetheless. Now I see how 7 has seven angles; I was missing the two where the horizontal extended out past the right-side vertical.
**KermMartian wrote:**

**Ultimate Dev'r wrote:**

Hotlinking complete fail

It's only fail if I intended to hotlink the images
Hey, check this one out:

Take: 1st 2nd 3rd

Changes the numerals to A: ast and ard

rearange spaces: a standard

all other ordinal numbers end in th, so could this be deliberate?

**Xeno_Cre8or wrote:**

Hey, check this one out:

Take: 1<sup>st</sup> 2<sup>nd</sup> 3<sup>rd</sup>

Changes the numerals to A: ast and ard

rearange spaces: a standard

all other ordinal numbers end in th, so could this be deliberate?

I seriously doubt it, since the st and nd and rd are to indicate that 1st is pronounced "first" etc, whereas 4-10 are fourth, fifth, sixth, ...
**Xeno_Cre8or wrote:**

Hey, check this one out:

Take: 1<sup>st</sup> 2<sup>nd</sup> 3<sup>rd</sup>

Changes the numerals to A: ast and ard

rearange spaces: a standard

all other ordinal numbers end in th, so could this be deliberate?

No, that is called looking for meaning where there is none. Also, the choice of changing numbers to "a" is an arbitrary decision on your part. Do 1 = a, 2 = b, 3 = c, and you end up with nothing.