The Arabic Numerals Lesson

While I was in Istanbul last year for the ISType conference, I got to sit with the organizers and the typographers that gave lectures in that conference. During one dinner, I was in a discussion with one of the organizers who is Italian about the involvement of numerals in type and I explained to him of the origin of Arabic numerals (0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)

It was something geometrical depending on the number of angles formed by the lines, these lines were later on shaped to become the numerals we use today.

Here is a scan of the tissue I used to discuss with the organizer. He sent this to me not long ago. It truly is amazing.

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