[LMB] OT: Roman Arithmatic (was OT: can't skip to the end of an ebook?

Raymond Collins rcrcoll6 at gmail.com
Fri May 28 09:00:00 BST 2021


Fascinating. It seems that the operation of the Roman abacus seems to a bit
of a mystery.

On Thu, May 27, 2021, 11:06 PM Robert Woodward <
Robert_A_Woodward at comcast.net> wrote:

> (from a digression on Roman numerals)
>
> > On May 27, 2021, at 8:14 PM, Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I think Roman's used their fingers to count. How they divided and
> > multiplied I have no clue.
> >
>
> They used an abacus, see <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_abacus <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_abacus>>.
>
>
> "We have advanced to new and surprising levels of bafflement."
> Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan describes progress in _Komarr_.
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