`The problem of counting has been a pain of my life. As a mathematics and`

`physics student I learned that there are two kinds of numbers:`

`Cardinals include a zero, decimal points, and negatives. If you want the`

`length of a fence you had better start counting posts with number zero.`

`The common 12 inch ruler uses cardinals.`

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`Ordinals, or "counting numbers" start at +1 and do not understand`

`fractional parts such as 1.5. There is no zero. Algebra never uses them`

`in a formula. They also are the only numbers in the Roman numerals of`

`IVCLM fame. That permitted the Arabs, with their cardinals, to beat out`

`the Romans with their inability to calculate interest rates.`

`I just picked up a recent technical book with paper pages and no`

`pushbuttons. The first few pages are called the PREFACE and the page`

`numbers therein are noted in lower case Roman numerals like iv, v, vi,`

`viii. Can LibreOffice do that? The first page would have to be i because`

`there is no zero.`

`It's not so bad as one might think but it probably advances the logic of`

`those who believe the 20th century ended in December 2001. Somewhere on`

`the WWW I found that the Christian era started in such a way that there`

`was no +0 or -0 on either side of the famous birth. Those two years, of`

`365 days each, do not exist if you're chasing ancestors.`

On 10/16/2016 10:34 AM, Julian Brooks wrote:

Thanks both so much, great info. Will check the doc now Robert and report back on how it all transpires.

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