The widespread and persistent myth that it is easier to multiply and divide with Hindu-Arabic numerals than with Roman ones.

Originally posted on The Renaissance Mathematicus:
Last Sunday the eminent British historian of the twentieth century, Richard Evans, tweeted the following: Let’s remember we use Arabic numerals – 1, 2, 3 etc. Try dividing MCMLXVI by XXXIX ­– Sir Richard Evans (@Richard Evans36) There was no context to the tweet, a reply or whatever, so…

“My Next Door Neighbor”, Edmund Blair Leighton, 1894

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Brinner Surprise

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Quiet Hours

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