The Hindu-Arabic Numerals

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Ginn, 1911 - Numerals - 160 pages
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The Hindu-Arabic Numerals attempts to trace the origin of our present numbers from either the Arabs, the Hindus, or the Chinese. David E. Smith collects much of the, then known, sources for the early ... Read full review

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it is an excellent book but a little boring

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Page 16 - One, two, three, four, to ten, and then by tens To hundreds, thousands." After him the child Named digits, decads, centuries; nor paused, The round lakh reached, but softly murmured on, "Then comes the koti, nahut, ninnahut, Khamba, viskhamba, abab, attata, To kumuds, gundhikas, and utpalas, By pundarikas unto padumas, Which last is how you count the utmost grains Of Hastagiri ground to finest dust; But beyond that a numeration is, The Katha, used to...
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Page 16 - Koti-Katha, for the ocean drops ; Ingga, the calculus of circulars ; Sarvanikchepa, by the which you deal With all the sands of Gunga, till we come To Antah-Kalpas, where the unit is The sands of ten crore Gungas. If one seeks More comprehensive scale, th...
Page 164 - THIS work is intended to serve as an introduction to the study of algebra, and is adapted to the needs of the seventh or eighth school year.
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Page 164 - The relation of algebra to arithmetic is emphasized, the subject is treated topically, and each important point is touched at least twice. Throughout the book abundant oral and written drill exercises are provided. The leading features may be summarized as follows : 1 . An arrangement in harmony with existing courses of study.

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