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We men, we are naturally curious and that curiosity is aroused by the need to adapt to the environment that surrounds us. This is one of the main reasons that led the man to take his steps in the count, but .. What were the main needs that led the person to have: Adapting to the environment. Protect your assets. (Need to count)

To distinguish the cycles of nature (the need to feed). At first, knowledge of numbers by the man was reduced to a very small, so much that in primitive societies was counted one, two, many. “Many” say three in Latin, which means that their repertoire was only up to number three, it was roughly about four thousand years ago. The older system was counted on the fingers. But how do you record the result? Well what they did was score big numbers throwing chips in a bag, but then realized that a simple enough marks etched on a tablet.

The Babylonians used forms marks different to designate large numbers. Various symbols placed in different positions were sufficient to represent larger numbers. As for the origin of zero still remains obscure. Surely there in the sixth century Hindu text which takes the form of a point. In Greek astronomical writings, zero is represented by the initial letter or omdem Greek word: a nadaa . The current shape of our figures, our decimal system, comes as the West India, through the Arab a. But not until the thirteenth century who entered Italy, adopted by the merchants of Florence. Its use is not widespread until the sixteenth century. As you can see, humanity has spent several thousands of years to domesticate the number, and science has become what it is after a few centuries. The have not done in a day and, moreover, his childhood is just removed from us.

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