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Los monjes cistercienses del siglo XIII idearon un sistema de notación que podía representar en un solo símbolo números hasta el 9999. Eran usados para numerar las páginas, señalar años, dividir textos o enumeraciones, pero no para cálculos.

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The Cistercian monks of the thirteenth century devised a notation system that could represent numbers up to 9999 in a single symbol. They were used to number pages, mark years, divide texts or enumerations, but not for calculations.

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