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Henri Poincar6 (1854-1912) He who understands the achievements of Archimedes and Apollonius will admire less the achievements of the foremost men of later times. -Gottfreid Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) The golden age of mathematics- that was not the age of Euclid, it is ours.

Remember it escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius.... -Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749-1827) 59 For contrary to the unreasonedopinion of the ignorant, the choice of a system of numeration is a mere matter of convention. * **** - ? Z -*OS % *SS X Sees A __ Al = -,, XII AU ** o 1 10 11 100 101 110 111 1000 1001 1010 1011 1100 *HINDU-ARABIC-BABYLONIAN-GREEK*ECYPTIAN HIEROCLYPHIC CHINESE SCRIPT HEBREW *CHINESE RODNUMERALS-ROMANECeYTPIAN HIERATIC-MAYAN-BINARY NUMERALS NUMBER SYSTEMS 60 if we wish to foresee the future of mathematics, the proper course is to study its history and its present state.

Gottfreid Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) The golden age of mathematics- that was not the age of Euclid, it is ours.

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