# Essay On Mayan Number System

**Topics:**Mathematics, Number, Decimal, Standard deviation, Real number, Numeral system /

**Pages:**3 (587 words) /

**Published:**Dec 11th, 2015

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“The great advantage of the positional system is that you need only a limited number of symbols (the Mayans only had two, plus their symbol for zero) and you can represent any whole number, however big.” (Mayans Numbers) It would be an odd sight to see a calculator with only three numerical figure and a vertical screen made to fit in numbers. Our very units of measurements would be completely changed by any kind of numerical shifts. Mathematics itself would get a complete make over in the way that we solve add, rewrite equation, subtract, multiple, and divide. The economy would be a good bit different then it currently is with currency and accounting. Simply math would be easier to learn, but it would probably take a bit longer for an understanding behind the lines and the dots set in and take root. Besides changes in our education and numerical part of our lives the twenty base system is so similar to that of the 10 base system that the difference is not as great as one might