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Just as the first attempts at writing came long after the development of speech, so the first efforts at the graphical representation of numbers came long after people had learned how to .
Probably the earliest way of keeping record of a count was by some tally system involving physical objects such as pebbles or sticks.
The Roman Numeral, as far as we know, was the only written numbering system used in Ancient Rome and Europe until about 900 AD, when the Arabic Numbering System, which was originated by the Hindu's, came into use.
(The Arabic Numbers are the ones we use today 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
the most common system for the symbolic representation of numbers in the world today.
The use of Arabic numerals spread around the world through European trade, books and colonialism. It most commonly refers to the numerals widely used in Europe and the Americas; to avoid confusion, Unicode calls these European digits.
Arabic numerals is also the conventional name for the entire family of related numerals of Arabic and Indian numerals.
The system was adopted by Arabic mathematicians in Baghdad and passed on to the Arabs farther west.
There is some evidence to suggest that the numerals in their current form developed from Arabic letters in the Maghreb, the western region of the Arab world.The pair system, in which the counting goes “one, two, two and one, two twos, two and two and one,” and so on, is found among the ethnologically oldest tribes of and the South American continent use number systems with bases three and four.