The Weird Truth About Arabic Numerals

Hank unravels the fascinating yarn of how the world came to use so-called Arabic numerals — from the scholarship of ancient Hindu mathematicians, to Muslim scientist Al-Khwarizmi, to the merchants of medieval Italy.

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Sources for this episode:
http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/HistTopics/Arabic_numerals.html

http://www.ms.uky.edu/~carl/ma330/project2/al-khwa21.html

http://books.google.com/books?id=SpyYKC-pNGoC&pg=PA19&lpg=PA19&dq=1299+florence+law+arabic+numerals&source=bl&ots=eWpWq9worw&sig=IK8Rw1GHypvtQ4Cdi7CNu5b5Io8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=K8rxUb_8NMTIrQHYzYHoAg&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=1299%20florence%20law%20arabic%20numerals&f=false

http://www.wilbourhall.org/index.html#algebra