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# Evolution of Number Symbols and Meanings

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### What is the special role of the number one in multiplication?

Multiplying any number by one simply produces the original number.

### Why were early mathematicians reluctant to embrace the concept of zero?

Early mathematicians were reluctant to embrace zero because it does not always behave like other numbers, and division by zero is a meaningless operation.

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### What is the base of our modern system of numerals?

<p>10</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the additive identity in mathematics?

<p>Zero is the additive identity because any number plus zero results in the original number.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What are natural numbers?

<p>Simple counting numbers (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, ...)</p> Signup and view all the answers

### How did Indian mathematicians around the ninth century contribute to the recognition of zero as a number?

<p>Indian mathematicians around the ninth century used zero as a number like any other, not just as a placeholder.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the significance of counting in the development of complex societies?

<p>Counting is intimately linked to the development of complex societies through trade, technology, and documentation.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the significance of infinity (∞) in mathematics?

<p>Infinity represents endlessness and is a key concept in mathematics, often encountered in various mathematical arguments and techniques.</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What transformation do numbers undergo when counting is introduced?

<p>Numbers stop being simple descriptors and become objects that can transform each other.</p> Signup and view all the answers

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