IJPAM: Volume 61, No. 3 (2010)

THE MATHEMATICS OF DIRECTION IN WRITING

Yutaka Nishiyama
Department of Business Information
Faculty of Information Management
Osaka University of Economics
2, Osumi Higashiyodogawa, Osaka, 533-8533, JAPAN
e-mail: [email protected]


Abstract.This article explains historically the reason why the order in which characters are written in English is from left to right, but in Arabic it is from right to left. There were all patterns of direction in writing; horizontal or vertical, right to left, left to right, reversed character horizontally or vertically, 90 degree rotation. Ancient hieroglyphs had all patterns, but English, Arabic and Kanji differed. Author expects those may deeply relate to right hand manner.

Received: March 26, 2010

AMS Subject Classification: 01A05, 91F02, 97A02

Key Words and Phrases: direction in writing, boustrophedon, Mongolian characters, cuneiform script, hieroglyphs, Rosetta Stone, bamboo strips

Source: International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
ISSN: 1311-8080
Year: 2010
Volume: 61
Issue: 3