Appendix A The Set Of Maths Square Dot Patterns


Appendix B The Problem With Roman Numerals

The Roman numeral system also suffered from a major flaw, namely the lack of a symbol for zero. However, should zero have been introduced into this system it would have caused chaos in attempting to depict numbers above eleven, as can be imagined here : –

Twenty looks like One Hundred & Ten, and just look at 21, 22 and 23 ! And that’s even retaining IX for 9. Imagine how much more confusing it would be if I had replaced the X, the symbol for 10, by 10. Then 9 (IX) would have become 110, the same numeral for 20!