Zero and Modern Numerals: Islamic or Indian?
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I heard the claim from one European reader that “The Arab world invented the zero, and it’s been downhill ever since.” This is false, but unfortunately not an uncommon mistake. Our numeral system dates back to India during the post-Roman era, but it came to Europe via the medieval Middle East which is why these numbers are called Arabic numerals in many European languages.Write comment (25 Comments)