# Do we still use Arabic numerals today?

### Table of Contents

- Do we still use Arabic numerals today?
- Why are Arabic numerals used today?
- Where were Arabic numbers used today?
- Do all countries use Arabic numerals?
- Why did Arabic replace Roman numerals?
- Do Chinese use Arabic numerals?
- Who really invented Arabic numerals?
- Where are Arabic numerals not used?
- Why Arabic numbers are not used in Arabic?
- When did the world start using Arabic numerals?

### Do we still use Arabic numerals today?

Actually, **we don't use Arabic numerals**. We use Hindu numerals. Western nations call them Arabic because Europe got the numerals from the Islamic world, which got them from the Hindus. (People used to pay less attention to the subtleties of multiculturalism.)

### Why are Arabic numerals used today?

The system became known in western Europe through the works of Islamic commentators whose works were translated into Latin. The Hindu-Arabic numerals, as they are now known, **greatly facilitated arithmetic computations, particularly multiplication and division**.

### Where were Arabic numbers used today?

India
They originated **in India** in the 6th or 7th century and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the 12th century.

### Do all countries use Arabic numerals?

In fact, our 0–9 digits are only called “Arabic numerals” by those in the Americas and Europe. ... In the rest of Arabic-speaking Asia + Egypt, Sudan, and Saudi Arabia, both systems are actually used alongside each other. So yes, **our “Arabic numerals” are not actually used exclusively in Arab countries**.

### Why did Arabic replace Roman numerals?

The reason for the expansion of the Arabic numerals into Europe is the **study of Pope Sylvester II in Andalusia** for these figures, when Europe used the Roman numerals which do not help to achieve the simplest calculations.

### Do Chinese use Arabic numerals?

Today, speakers of Chinese use three written numeral systems: **the system of Arabic numerals used worldwide**, and two indigenous systems. The more familiar indigenous system is based on Chinese characters that correspond to numerals in the spoken language.

### Who really invented Arabic numerals?

The Hindu-Arabic or Indo-Arabic numerals were invented by **mathematicians in India**. Persian and Arabic mathematicians called them "Hindu numerals". Later they came to be called "Arabic numerals" in Europe because they were introduced to the West by Arab merchants.

### Where are Arabic numerals not used?

What we call Arabic numbers (or Hindu-Arabic or Indo-Arabic) are actually not used **in India nor in most Arab countries**. They were brought to us by Fibonacci when he traveled to Algeria. Fibonacci was a mathematician who is often remembered for his sequence.

### Why Arabic numbers are not used in Arabic?

In the Arabic numeral system, we use **decimal points** (.) to indicate parts of a whole integer. ... For obvious reasons, Arabs using Hindi format could not use a decimal point like their fellow English speakers since it would be confused with the number zero, also denoted as a dot.

### When did the world start using Arabic numerals?

The numeral system came to be called "Arabic" by the Europeans. It was used in European mathematics from **the 12th century**, and entered common use from the 15th century to replace Roman numerals.