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On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 2:21 PM, Axel Kittenberger <> wrote:
> Actually I was referring to using zeros in numbers, as concept. Which was
> one of the biggest inventions of humanity. The Romans hadn't a zero, which
> forced them to use a much more awkward numbering scheme.

Indeed - you had to be pretty smart to do arithmetic, so notation matters.

Talking about notation - I do recall from my days of using
mathematics, that the index of a summation was more likely to run from
1 to n.  Maybe 0 to n-1 became more popular later, perhaps because of
C programmers.