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number system

[′nəm·bər ‚sis·təm]
(mathematics)
A mathematical system, such as the real or complex numbers, the quaternions, or the Cayley numbers, that satisfies many of the axioms of the real number system; in general, it is a finite-dimensional vector space over the real numbers with multiplicative operation under which it is an associative or nonassociative division algebra.
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I am convinced that we use the number system to the base ten because we all learn to count using our fingers and thumbs.
But what has interested me recently is the fact that both our base ten number system and our base two number system probably do not correspond well with the number system(s) used by nature around us.
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica, it is often claimed that the first Arabic text written to explain the Indian number system was written by Mohammad Bin Mousa Al Khwarizmi.
Currently, there are no number systems known to have an ififfinity of members.
Numbers and antinumbers can never be used together in the same mathematical operation, or both number systems will cease to exist, followed by the collapse of both universes.
The author tells of the Veddas, who live simply in Sri Lanka and count without the use of a number system.
Through this book, readers become acquainted with the many advantages of using abstract numbers and learn about the evolution of abstract numbers over time, including the Sumerian number system, roman numerals, and, of course, our arabic numerals and base-ten system.