Roman numerals

Roman numerals
Ancient Rome participated in most innovations and discoveries, because the system of leadership practiced by romans in late middle ages, supported educational advancements. They formed their numbering system by borrowing Latin letters. The 14th century witnessed the fall of roman empire, which led to the gradual replacement of roman numerals by Arabic numerals.

People found Arabic numerals to be more flexible and the system of numbering is presently in vogue, however roman numerals are still valid, since they help in accurate grouping and outlining of various points while writing. The idea of roman numerals, comes from tally sticks and notches found on them, Dalmatians and Italians Shepherds in 19th century used them in numbering their sheep, cows, goat, and horses.

They found the system of numbering to be effective, as it offered them great convenience in numbering. The present roman numerals have passed series of stages, from ancient Roman empire to middle age and modern day roman figures, they were completely void of symbols in ancient Rome and pre- roman times.

Writing a list can be complicated without roman numerals, especially when the list consists of different sub categories, therefore implementation of roman numerals in such list will help make things easier to understand.

• Can be used in mathematical calculations. • Was uses by romans in various inventions. • Most wall clocks and wrist watches have roman numerals as their numbering system. • They make lists understandable. • They add style to writing.

• Handling complex calculations might be a bit tasking. • Not efficient in large numbering.




While not being the easiest to learn Roman numerals sure are the most stylish and also the most classical of them. I have always been fascinated by Rome so my pick is Roman numerals
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-16-2017


Arabic numerals

Arabic numerals
Arabic numerals which can also be referred to as Hindu numerals, is the most used system of numbering in the world. The Hindu numerals has a reputation for it's wide acceptance and ability to cover infinite numbering. Each numeral are regarded as a digit on general terms, and the numbering consists of ten distinctive digits, 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, they can be used interchangeably to form numbers.

When digits occur in sequence, they represent numbers, for instance 345 is the number three hundred and forty five. We take cognisance of position of each digit in determining the value of the number, and zero symbol is pivotal in the effectiveness of this method of numbering. Ancient mathematicians capitalized on its merits while executing complex calculations, furthermore this system of numbering serves as the foundation of countless inventions.

This system of numbering was discovered in Maghreb, which is located on the Western part of Arab world. Northern Africa are responsible for the current form of Arabic numerals, but their numbering system wasn't popular, until they experienced one of the greatest mathematicians Fibonacci of Italian origin, he used this system of numbering in northern Africa to solve complex problems, this led to the popularity of Arabic numerals. Most educational systems enjoy the values of this method of numbering, because it makes calculations easier.

• The most recognized numbering system in the world. • People learn it seamlessly. • Handles complex calculations with ease. • The presence of zero makes the numbering system highly effective. • it's made up of ten distinctive digits.

• As we approach infinity, calling out numbers might be challenging. • Some regions of the world may not understand this system of numbering.




I know both types of numbers with ease. We have learned the Roman numerals in school and I never had any big issues with understanding them but I do know that it causes confusion for many people.

That's why the Arabic numerals are generally easier to use and they're the most common all around the world. If you go to other countries they will all use it as well. We are always taught the Arabic numbers from when we're born so they're just naturally far easier for us to understand.

Posted by Mehano on 11-13-2017

More specific

I like the Arabic or Hindu numbers because they are easier to write and seem to be more specific. This is what I would want when looking for the types of options that would be helpful to me.
Posted by kgord on 11-13-2017
gata montes

Ease of use - less confusing

Much as I love the look of Roman numbers and particularly so on clocks, watches and other decorative items and do in fact in many ways much prefer them to Arabic numerals - for ease of use - my vote has to go with the latter.

Especially as for the majority people - not only are Arabic numerals far less confusing for everyday use - but a larger majority of the world's population can relate to them too.

Posted by gata montes on 11-10-2017

Easier and quicker to write

First of all Arabic numerals are recognized everywhere and people know them. I think that many people haven't heard of Roman numerals. Arabic numerals are also quicker to write. For writing 3 you have to write 3 seperate lines with roman numerals.
Posted by felabruno on 11-16-2017

Easy to learn and write.

Roman numerals are awesome. These are much use for formality purposes I think. But Arabic numerals are a lot easier than Roman numerals. You don't need to memorize letters converting them to numbers. Also Arabic is easier to read than Roman. If you all see that the most common use numeral is Arabic. Because I think it is not that complex than Roman.
Posted by blank629 on 11-27-2017

Most renowned numbers

We easily learn how to read and write these numbers ever since we're little and truly easy to understand. Most of the people know Arabic numerals and this is what we use for our everyday lives. We learned Roman numerals in elementary but you rarely will use this method when you grew up or for your everyday life so I can say that we should all stick to Arabic numerals since everyone is using it.
Posted by ColdFlameChris on 01-15-2018
JB Fernandez

Widely used!

I am not against roman numerals, but it is more convenient for us to use the Arabic numerals since it is widely used across different countries.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 02-08-2018


Toman numerals for me,Well maybe because that's what I'm.used to.Roman numerals helps in counting and it quite easy to use when counting. It looks style when it used in writing numbers or looks fanciful when used to write numbers on either watch or clock..
Posted by lovely on 11-10-2017
I did not know the numbers that we know today (1, 2, 3...) was actually called Arabic numbers and sometimes also referred as Hindu numbers. I am more used to Arabic numbers than the Roman numerals. I find roman numerals very confusing. I cannot do any calculation with Roman numerals.
Posted by vinaya on 11-11-2017
I grew up in Arabic numbers and although we were taught the Roman numeral in school, I am not comfortable with it. Besides, what’s the point of using the Roman numeral when Arabic number is being used worldwide? So I’d say it is impractical to use the Roman numeral which is difficult to understand and difficult to write too.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-13-2017
As a Math lover, I would prefer Arabic numbers since it's used worldwide and personally, I am at ease with it. It's more readable and less confusing. Roman numerals would be fine and readable for small numbers like in clocks or class sections. But for big numbers, calendar, calculator, prices, bank accounts, and a lot of things that we use everyday, Arabic number is much preferable. It's generally more useful and known to people around the world. Personally, I love doing calculations using Arabic numbers.
Posted by Krisleen on 11-13-2017
I guess this Arabic number won's the battle against Roman number. Since this Arabic numerals was the mos used system of numbering in this world, so it is so clear that this is the better one. :)
Posted by mar06 on 01-20-2018