I was just thinking how the BOM in files makes a lot of sense. I mean the fact that by default numbers grow to the right. And then I started wondering why our numbers grow to the left, if columns of numbers could be compared far easier if the ordering went from the smallest number on the left to the largest number on the right.
I believe that's exactly why the ordering is like that. Just that it was created with Arabic writing in mind, which is from the right to the left.
But then I wondered. Is that accident of history really it or are there amazing advantages of having the biggest number on the left I just cannot think of at the moment?