I dunno. How are you going to get past 3999? The way I learned is you can't repeat a letter more than three times. (Yes, I know some people didn't learn it that way!)Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
-Dan
And a double bar is x10^6? I see...Originally Posted by ThePerfectHacker
Well then, all you should need to be able to do is express any number from 1 to 1000. Then using one bar and "non-barred" numerals you will be able to get to 1,000,000. Then with two bars, one bar, and non-barred you can get to 10^9, etc. This isn't a formal proof (obviously) but one should easily be able to generate one from this.
-Dan
Well... It's the case with Sumerian, Egyptian, Babylonian etc numerals, that you can express any number with their help; The point is, symbolic notation would be too large, to be of any practical use.
But Babyonians rule; They could even denote decimals (in base 60), which makes their ideas on number very modern - or our ideas on number rather old...