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What is the local numbering?

Ancient Babylonian figures appeared for 40 centuries ago. All numbers were delineated using only two wedge-shaped icons.

Then came the so-called local numbering. In this system, the same number can mean different numbers depending on where you sit. Our modern numbering is also local: 52 numeral 5 denotes fifty, and the number 532 is the same figure indicates five hundred. Noteworthy: the role of our number 10 the Babylonians played the number 60. Thus, the round was considered to be multiples of 60. Babylonian numerals were cumbersome to write, and often the same figure could indicate different numbers. So sexagesimal system is not widely used, has not caught on.


 


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