A numeral is a symbol used to represent a number. Arabic numerals (0-9) are the ones most commonly used today. Other types, mainly of historical interest, include Egyptian, Babylonian, Mayan, Greek, and Roman numerals.

Numerals also appear in the proof of Gödel's undecidability theorem in the form of his "Zahlzeichen" ("number-sign").

See also

Arabic Numeral, Base, Digit, Greek Numerals, Number, Roman Numerals

Portions of this entry contributed by David Terr

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Alpha and Omega Information Services. "Numbers and Numerals: Hebrew, Greek, Slavonic.", W. P. and Gouvêa, F. Q. Math through the Ages: A Gentle History for Teachers and Others, expanded ed. Washington, DC: Math. Assoc. Amer., pp. 65-72, 2004.

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