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On Thu, 28 Oct 1999, John Cowan wrote:

*> So: in order to write a number by hand, then, the hand must skip to the
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*> left a (hopefully) sufficient distance, write the digits left to right,
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*> skip back to just left of the most significant digit, and proceed leftward?
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*> Doesn't sound much like Omar Khayyam to me.
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I'm sorry. I also love Omar Khayyam. But even Khayyam (also a

mathematician did like this when not writing in ABJAD (written with

letters, some way like Roman numerals in western world.)

--Roozbeh

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