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I’m delving into the intriguing world of alphabetic number systems (greek, for instance), where letters serve a dual purpose—forming words and representing numerical values.

I’m curious about the practical implications of such a system, specifically concerning potential confusion or errors. Can you imagine using the same symbols for both words and numbers in today's complex world? It seems like a recipe for misunderstanding!

That brings me to my main query: Are there any historical documents or accounts where scholars or scribes from the past have expressed their concerns or frustrations regarding this dual-use of the alphabet? I’m interested in firsthand accounts, critiques, or any form of written evidence that sheds light on how people back then navigated this unique system and what challenges they faced.

Your insights and references to specific texts, authors, or periods would be greatly appreciated. I’m eager to learn more about how our ancestors tackled this fascinating linguistic and numerical challenge!

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    $\begingroup$ hanks for your comment, @Gae.S. I’m actually inquiring about alphabetic numeral systems, where letters directly represent numbers, like α for 1 in ancient Greek. I’m not referring to letters as algebraic variables. Were there any historical challenges or confusions documented when letters had both numerical and alphabetical uses? Any insights or references would be appreciated $\endgroup$ Oct 24 at 12:42

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