# Definition:Babylonian Number System/Also denoted as

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## Babylonian Number System: Also denoted as

When representing numbers using the Babylonian number system, it is laborious to represent the actual cuneiform symbols themselves.

Hence it is commonplace to use their decimal counterparts, separated by commas, so that the number represented, for example, in cuneiform as:

would be represented as:

- $7, 7, 7$

In such a system, the radix point is represented by a semicolon.

## Sources

- 2008: Ian Stewart:
*Taming the Infinite*... (previous) ... (next): Chapter $1$: Tokens, Tallies and Tablets: The first numerals