With this symbol, they could write "105" instead of "1 sata, 5." The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10 "It is India that gave us the ingenuous method of expressing all numbers by the means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position, as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit, but its very simplicity, the great ease which it has lent to all computations, puts our arithmetic in the first rank of useful inventions, and we shall appreciate the grandeur of this achievement when we remember that it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest minds produced by antiquity." — French mathematician Pierre Simon Laplace (1749 - 1827) The place value system is built into the Sanskrit language and so whereas in English we only use thousand, million, billion etc, in Sanskrit there are specific nomenclature for the powers of 10, most used in modern times are dasa (10), sata (100), sahasra (1,000=1K), ayuta (10K), laksha (100K), niyuta (106=1M), koti (10M), vyarbuda (100M), paraardha (1012) etc. Firstly, the removal of special importance of numbers.Instead of naming numbers in grops of three, four or eight orders of units one could use the necessary name for the power of 10.We care for your privacy thus your email will not be revealed to other members. Register your profile instantly Upload photographs Upload Videos.Do you know that India is the birthplace of many great intellectual inventions including the number system, algebra, trigonometry, calculus?
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This translation brought the Hindu-Arabic numerals into Europe. The Hindus had symbols for each number from one to nine.
They had a name for each power of 10, and used these names when writing numerals.
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