Nov 02

# The Story of Numbers (0 and 1) Indian Numerals or Arabic

I found the following videos and comments shared by the YouTube an user .Really These videos are made in such an interesting way that a non science/mathematics student can enjoy the video’s humor .Do watch them.

The Zero, decimal system, Indian numerals, astronomy, astrology, trigonometry, ayurveda, chemistry, everything even dream-analysis are some of the numerous contributions of scholars from India.
Unfortunately, the bias has always been against giving no credit whatsoever to the Indian mind. For instance, I was taught in school that the numerals we use are "Arabic Numerals". Why?
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The story of numbers is the story of civilization. Terry Jones ("Monty Python’s Flying Circus") goes on a humor-filled journey to recount the amazing tale behind Indian numerals.
Interesting Facts:
* Baudhayana gave the ‘Pythagoras theorem’ centuries before the Greeks in 800 BC.
* Pingala (400 BC) invented the binary number system which is the basic of computer operations.
* Indian astronomer, Aryabhatta was the first to have propounded the theory that the earth was a sphere in the 5th century.
* Indian astronomer, Brahmagupta, estimated in the 7th century that the circumference of the earth was 5000 yojanas. A yojana is around 7.2 kms. Calculating on this basis we see that the estimate of 36,000 kms as the earth’s circumference comes quite close to the actual circumference known today.

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1. ##### Alosh

Excellent series. Do you know where can I get the complete one?

2. ##### Kunal

Awesome! Would love to see more of this series.

Thanks , I thought there are only two parts , I will search for the rest of the series and update the post

4. ##### 2011 Challenger

Happy New Year!

5. ##### Mohamed

Because they are really Arabic numerals, not Indian. So, your teachers knew better. Also, the zero is coming from Arabs.

6. ##### Aryabhatta

A great mathematician. Without the inventions the world would be different.

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