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# When was the decimal system invented?

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###### May 19, 2011 7:53AM

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### Who invented the decimal number system?

Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Decimal system. It is a
classification system used by libraries, and not what is meant in
the question.
The decimal number system is the number system that we all use
on a daily basis; it was invented by a succession of Arab and Hindu
mathematicians beginning about 1400 years ago.

###### Asked in Inventions, Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal System

### Who invented the decimal system?

Decimal System Origins
This is an issue that has many answers, with many cultures given
credit by different people. Ancient China is a possible origin of
the decimal system, and there is some indication that they had the
concept of zero represented by the end if the thirteenth century
BCE.
There is some controversy about the idea that the decimal system
was invented in India. This should be no surprise because people
like to argue over things like this.
The decimal system may have originated in the Gupta Empire.
Arguably, any peoples that used to count on their fingers used
the decimal system.
Note:
Do not confuse the decimal system with the Arabic numeral
system!
Both Ancient Romans and Arabs had decimal systems; but Roman
numerals were hopeless for mathematics and accounting; whereas
Arabic numerals are used universally today.

###### Asked in Inventions, Library of Congress, Dewey Decimal System

### The decimal system was invented by the?

Gupta Empire
answer
This is an issue that has many answers, with many cultures given
credit by different people. Ancient China is a possible origin of
the decimal system, and there is some indication that they had the
concept of zero represented by the end if the thirteenth century
BCE.
There is some controversy about the idea that the decimal system
was invented in India. This should be no surprise because people
like to argue over things like this.
answer
Arguably, any peoples that used to count on their fingers used
the decimal system.
Do not confuse the decimal system with the Arabic numeral
system!
Both Ancient Romans and Arabs had decimal systems; but Roman
numerals were hopeless for mathematic and accounting; whereas
Arabic numerals are used universally today.

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### How decimal system better than other systems?

maybe because the most popular system invented by Indians is
based on decimal system.
I don't really think there is a great difference between decimal
system and others, save history and customs.
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It's not "better" as in objectively better but it is easier for
humans to comprehend as our brain works with some sort of decimal
system and yes it has also to do with us having 10 fingers.