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## When did numeral system start?

They originated in India in **the 6th or 7th century** and were introduced to Europe through the writings of Middle Eastern mathematicians, especially al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi, about the 12th century.

## Did the Greek invent mathematics?

Greek mathematics is thought to have begun with **Thales of Miletus** (c. 624–c. 546 BC) and Pythagoras of Samos (c. … As a result, he has been hailed as the first true mathematician and the first known individual to whom a mathematical discovery has been attributed.

## What does math mean in Greek?

Etymology. The word mathematics comes from Ancient Greek **máthēma (μάθημα)**, meaning “that which is learnt,” “what one gets to know,” hence also “study” and “science”.

## Why are Greek symbols so enduring in math today?

Because European mathematics is **very heavily rooted** in the mathematics of ancient Greece, and due to the need for many symbols to represent constants, variables, functions and other mathematical objects, mathematicians frequently use letters from the Greek alphabet in their work.