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# JB/135/287/001

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1820 May 31.
Posology

Theoretic
Ch. Origin of the idea
109

Question. 1 Of the two three subjects of posology, numbers and figures
and motions is from which are our earliest ideas derived

Quest 2 From whence are our first and earliest ideas of number derived?

Answer. From our hands and fingers Monstrosities excepted, every
human being is born with two hands and five fingers on each hand, the
thumb being reckoned for one: total number on both hands ten fingers
Hence in most languages there are distinct names for the different numbers
up to ten exclusive Art is inclusive. From or after ten, in forming
the names of the succeeding numbers, the names of the first series of
numbers are repeated

Question 3. Is that the case in every nation?

Ans. No: In some savage barbarous nations of Western Africa the series of
numbers goes on no further than five: after which in the formation
of the next series those of the first are repeated.+

+ Bowditch ☞ Then
go on to speak of
the visible signs of the
numbers, in Roman
Greek & Arabic

Qu. Since every human being has feet as well as hands, and as
many toes on his feet as hands upon his fingers, in
total his fingers
his toes being in French called by no other names
than the fingers of his feet, how comes it that in the first series
of numbers, there are not twenty simple names instead
of ten?

Answer. Only because, the in counting, the feet with their
toes, are not so nearby and obviously present to the eyes, as the hands with
their fingers.

Identifier: | JB/135/287/001
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1820-05-31

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jeremy bentham

[[watermarks::i&m [prince of wales feathers] 1818]]

arthur wellesley, duke of wellington

1818

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