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This article is an account of how negative numbers became part of the "vocabulary" of mathematicians and of some of the earliest appearances of negative numbers in calculations of the ancient civilizations of China, India and Greece. Although negative numbers were used in calculations, negative answers to mathematical problems were considered meaningless or impossible. The troubled history of negative numbers presented in this article shows how the simple mathematical principles taken for granted today have taken thousands of years to develop.

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  • Mathematics > General
  • Education > General

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Operations,Integers,Informal Education,Number and operations,Middle School,NSDL,Upper Elementary,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-027,Addition,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20140728161316237T,High School,Early number systems,Elementary School,Mathematics history,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Mathematics,Life Science,Number concepts,History/Policy/Law,Education,Arithmetic

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English

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