November 16, 2003

hebrew numbers

tex texin's got a very nifty explanation on the hebrew numbering system (still in use for calendars and religious texts). quoting from his article, "each letter in the hebrew alphabet (or aleph-bet) has a numerical value". there's no zero (the way hebrew numbers are formed it doesn't matter, western numbers, being positioned based would be a mess without a zero value). the first 10 letters of the hebrew alphabet are also the numbers 1-10 with the next 9 letters representing the values 20, 30, 40,50,60,70,80,90,100, the remaining letters represent 200, 300, and 400. i find the way numbers are formed quite interesting--but i leave you to read that in tex's article.


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