Pierre Simon Marquis de Laplace
All the effects of nature are only mathematical results of a small number of immutable laws.
Such is the advantage of a well-constructed language that its simplified notation often becomes the source of profound theories.
It is India that gave us the ingenious method of expressing all numbers by means of ten symbols, each symbol receiving a value of position as well as an absolute value; a profound and important idea which appears so simple to us now that we ignore its true merit.
TOPICS: numbers, history, notation