The Indian numerals discussed in our article Indian numerals form the basis of the European number systems which are now widely used. However they were not transmitted directly from India to Europe but rather came first to the Arabic/Islamic peoples and from them to Europe.
THE SOUTHERN COMMUNICATION JOURNAL 55 (SUMMER, 1990), 337-354
WORDS AND NUMBERS: MATHEMATICAL DIMENSIONS OF RHETORIC
BY ALLEN H. MERRIAM
This essay investigates how numbers function rhetorically by influencing persuasive appeals, the structure of messages, and our use of .language. The author argues that "three" is the dominant numerical motif of rhetoric in the English language.